XB-70 Gets New Home


Exotic XB-70 draws a crowd at Air Force museum The six-engine jet with twin tail fins was pushed out of the museum’s Research and Development Gallery in a restricted access hangar, it’s home since 2002, to the new hangar at Wright-Patterson. The experimental bomber, branded with the tail code 20001, will be the centerpiece among […]

Red Turrets on the USS Arizona (BB-39)?

USS Arizona (BB-39) with red turrets at Pearl Harbor

Murdoc came across this at some point but never linked. New USS Arizona model shows blue paint scheme Craftsman Don Preul, determined to create the world’s most accurate representation of the warship, conferred with Park Service historian Dan Martinez on the proper colors. Research was difficult because most of the ship’s records had been destroyed […]

USS Roanoke CL-145

USS Roanoke CL-145

In Murdoc’s opinion, Worcester-class cruisers were some of the prettiest ships ever built: Laid down in early 1945, only two of ten planned ships in the class were completed. They served until 1958. Classed as ‘light cruisers’ because they mounted 6″ guns, they displaced 18,000 tons fully loaded and were 679 feet long. The twelve […]

USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) at sea in 1960 with various aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 54 (CVSG-54) on deck. Visible are four Douglas AD-5W Skyraider AEW-aircraft of VAW-12 Det. 34 Bats, several Sikorsky HSS Seabat helicopters of HS-5 Nightdippers and numerous Grumman S2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft of VS-22 Checkmates and VS-32 Norsemen. Date 28 June 1960. Source Official US Navy photo NH 97437

Was browsing around, ended up reading about the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), and found out a couple of interesting things about her that I didn’t know. First, she got the updated island superstructure and jet-handling upgrades of the SCB-27 program, but she never got the angled flight deck: Also, during Operation Magic Carpet […]