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    USS Wolverine - one of two coal-fired paddle-wheeled lake-steaming aircraft carriers

    USS Wolverine IX-64 1943 - Freshwater carrier - Lake Michigan USS Wolverine (IX-64) was a freshwater aircraft carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. The Navy converted her from a paddlewheeler coal-burning steamer in order to use her for advanced training for naval aviators in carrier take-offs and landings.

    Hitler's Almost Aircraft Carriers

    USS "Oriskany" abandoned aircraft carrier

    Japanese aircraft carrier "Kaga", 1926

    News on HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (R08 QE-class battleships). Latest news on the construction progress of the “pride and joy” of the British Royal Navy – the UK aircraft carriers of the future – being built now!

    Aircraft carrier "Kasagi",1945

    MaritimeQuest - USS Langley CV-1 Page 2

    Vintage July 28, 1945, B-25 bomber crashes into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building on the north side in dense fog, NYC, www.RevWill.com

    04 Oct 43: US aircraft carrier USS RANGER launches twenty SBD Dauntless dive bombers and an escort of eight Wildcats, attacking two German convoys at Bodo, Norway, sinking 5, in the war's only US carrier action above the Arctic Circle. The German press had reported the Ranger sunk by a u-boat back in April and its commander had been personally decorated by Hitler himself. Oops. More: scanningwwii.com/a #WWII

    USS Arizona. Most people have never seen what the ship looked like before December 7th, 1941

    German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin fitting out by umbry101, via Flickr

    The Yorktown class was a class of three aircraft carriers built by the U.S. and completed shortly before World War II. They bore the brunt of early action in that war, and USS Enterprise, the sole survivor of the class, became the most decorated ship in the history of the U.S. Navy.

    June 1942: The USS Lexington, U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, explodes after being bombed by Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea in the South Pacific during World War II.

    Aircraft Carrier Evolution

    The first US Aircraft Carrier USS Langley

    HMS Eagle was an early aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy.

    Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūjō

    USS Idaho (left) and USS New Mexico, Pearl Harbor, 1943.