Paddlewheel Aircraft Carriers

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  1. GregP

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    This looked interesting to me and I thought you might like to read it.
     

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    Go find.
     
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    If you look through the file, near the bottom is a link to a film clip of the USS Wolverine in operation. It is short but shows the Wolverine launching and recovering SNJ's. The low height above the water is very apparent when compared with full-size carriers.
     
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    Great find, I really hadnt thought about how you train carrier pilots when you actually need all your carriers half way around the world fighting.
     
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    I knew they painted a mock carrier deck on a runway and you did initial training on it, but didn't know about these great lakes carriers either. That's why I thought it might be interesting.

    My bet is there could be a LOT we don't really know about or aren't entirely familiar with, and it may all remain rather obscure forever if we don't share it when we come across it.
     
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    Good find! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I've always wondered why only a pair of them were converted. The USN could have used a bunch more for these training programs.
     
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    Quite a few years ago, I bought a book that listed all the capital ships of the USN. And in it was these two ships. Ive had that book for 44 years and still remember my reaction in seeing them. "You gotta be kidding me".
     
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    Wonder what happened to them? Might make a good thing to look up ...

    If you went off the bow and fell in after an arrester line failure, you better hope you clear the paddle wheels! I bet they'd even do a number on a Hellcat, wood and all.
     
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    The USS Sable (IX-81) and USS Wolverine (IX-64) were a "side wheeler" configuration, meaning her paddles were side mounted instead of at the stern, like the old Mississippi river boats of Mark Twain's era.
     
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    Hi Milosh,

    Appreciate that Milosh. To tell the truth, it never even occurred to me to look in Wiki. Many military items are listed as "disposed of" and went on to another life. I have a friend who has a "disposed of" WWII tank and you'd think it was scrapped, but it is still alive and running.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
     
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