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UNITED STATES   (CVA-58)

United States - line drawing
© Thoralf Doehring. Used with permission.


United States Class Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Cancelled
10 Aug 1948 18 Apr 1949       23 Apr 1949
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.

Specifications
(Contract Design, March 1949)
Displacement: 79,000 tons
Dimensions (wl): 1,030' x 125' x ?  /  313.9 x 38.1 x ? meters
Dimensions (max.): 1.080' x 190'  /  329.2 x 57.9 meters
Armor: 2" flight deck; 1.5" hangar deck; 1.5" protective deck(s) (3" over magazines and gasoline); 60-lb hull-side belt, 30-lb & 25-lb hangar sides
Power plant: 8 boilers (1,200 psi, 950°F); 4 steam turbines; 4 shafts; 280,000 shp
Speed: 33 knots
Endurance (design): 12,000 nautical miles @ 20 knots
Armament: 8 single 5"/54 gun mounts; 8 twin 3"/70 gun mounts; 20 single 20-mm guns mounts
Aircraft: 18 bombers (ADR-62, 100,000 lb) + 80 fighters (F2H-1)
Aviation facilities: 3 deck-edge, 1 aft elevators; 4 H-9 hydraulic catapults (flight deck)
Crew: 4,000+ (ship's company + air wing)

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CVA-58 United States
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Preliminary design model of the future USS United States (CVA-58) undergoing seakeeping tests at the David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, Maryland, circa 1947. This is an early version of the CVA-58 design, without catapult sponsons. Aircraft models on the flight deck appear to represent the F7U fighter and a notional heavy attack bomber.

Copied from photographs in File F-3, B-36 Carrier Characteristics File in the records of OP-23, held by the Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, 1982.

NS025802: Note the folding smokestacks in the "up" position. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93831).

NS025802a: Note the folding smokestacks in the "down" position, as they would have been during flight operations. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93832).

NS025802b: Note the folding smokestacks in the "up" position and large amount of water splashed out around the bow. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93833).

NS025802c: Note the folding smokestacks in the "down" position. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93834).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVA-58 United States
NS025802a
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CVA-58 United States
NS025802b
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CVA-58 United States
NS025802c
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CVA-58 United States
NS025803
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Artist's conception of the future USS United States (CVA-58) by Bruno Figallo, October 1948, showing the ship's approximate planned configuration as of that time. Many details, among them the location of smoke stacks, elevators and the retractable bridge, were then still not finally decided.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-706108).

Carl Muller
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVA-58 United States
NS025804
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Workmen lay the ship's 15-ton keel plate and initial shell plate, in a construction dry dock at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 18 April 1949. The carrier was cancelled a few days later, on 23 April.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-707175).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVA-58 United States
NS025805a
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Ship's keel plate being laid in a construction dry dock at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 18 April 1949. The carrier was cancelled a few days later, on 23 April.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-707176).

Carl Muller
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com


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