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Just curious, but has anyone ever heard about this unusual WWII proposal to convert some or all IOWA class battleships into aircraft carriers? There's not much, if any, official information and diagrams that exist. Might make an interesting A&A card. Wink
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Thats really new to me;; nice find;; but i'm glad they didn't
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Here's the source for the preliminary plan if anyone needs a bigger image to clarify anything.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/O...photos/images/s-file/s511-54c.htm
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Considering how many Essex-class CVs the US was building, converting an Iowa-class to a carrier was not needed.
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Wasn't it just because the Kentucky wasnt likely to be finished by wars end as a bb?
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Considering how many Essex-class CVs the US was building, converting an Iowa-class to a carrier was not needed.


Very true. Also, she would carry less aircraft for about the same size, and carrying less aircraft was not acceptable at that time.

This was a design initiative late-war because they were cancelling both the Kentucky and the Illinois (last 2) and "considered" making them into CV's. So, a nice fantasy unit, yet not as good as an Essex "as a carrier".


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