Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Speaking of Carriers...

Despite being 1000 feet long and weighing 90,000 tons, aircraft carriers are actually quite maneuverable:

That's actually the USS Nimitz (CVN68) (which I didn't serve aboard), not the Enterprise (CVN65) (which I did).

By the way, that red line at the bottom? Normally you're not supposed to be able to see that at all, much less 10 feet of it.


  1. Looks like uncle Jed took another ship for a test drive and let Jethro take the wheel....O.K. tell me I'm not the only one who saw that episode of the Beverly Hillbillies....No...just me?(sigh).

  2. Ah yes, the "Admiral Jed Clampett" episode:


  3. Aren't there really Big Ass Gyros built into carriers to help keep 'em level? If so, I can hardly imagine the physical forces at work here.

    1. No gyros. The only thing keeping it level is the delicate interplay of mass, inertia, and gravity.

      Having said that, though, I'll add that carriers don't pitch around like battleships.

      528 days at sea, only once did I see the ship tossed enough to where a tray of food slid off the table on the mess deck. In fact, the mess deck tables on the Enterprise didn't even have raised edges. Didn't need 'em.

      Except for an occasional slow & gentle rocking, being on a carrier is like being inside a building.

      You don't even feel it when you leave port and pull out to sea.

  4. And yet I served with an Ensign who got seasick when we went out to sea on the Lincoln. Takes all kinds, I guess.

    Cool picture, btw.