• Short Summary

    THE AMERICAN ATTACK AIRCRAFT CARRIER "CONSTELLATION", THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHIP, WAS SHOWN TO THE PRESS AT A PREVIEW AT THE NEW YORK NAVAL SHIPYARD IN BROOKLYN, OCT 17 - TEN DAYS BEFORE HER COMMISSIONING.

  • Description

    THE AMERICAN ATTACK AIRCRAFT CARRIER "CONSTELLATION", THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHIP, WAS SHOWN TO THE PRESS AT A PREVIEW AT THE NEW YORK NAVAL SHIPYARD IN BROOKLYN, OCT 17 - TEN DAYS BEFORE HER COMMISSIONING.

    MORE THAN 2,700 CREW MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY MOVED ABOARD, AND A TOTAL OF 4,100 OFFICERS, MEN AND AIR GROUP PERSONNEL WILL EVENTUALLY MAN THE 60,000-TON CARRIER, WHICH IS TO SERVE AS A MOBILE BASE FOR SOME 100 PLANES. THE CONSTELLATION MEASURES 1,047 FT FROM BOW TO STERN.

    AIRCRAFT TAKE-OFF IS EFFECTED BY FOUR STEAM CATAPULTS MOUNTED ON THE FLIGHT DECK WHICH HAS AN AREA OF OVER FOUR ACRES. DURING THE PRESS PREVIEW, TEST LAUNCHINGS WERE CARRIED OUT WITH HUGE DEAD-WEIGHTS.

    INSTEAD OF THE CONVENTIONAL ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS THE SHIP CARRIES TERRIER MISSILES. TERRIERS RIDE ON A RADAR GUIDANCE BEAM AT SUPERSONIC SPEEDS. THEY ARE LAUNCHED WITH A BOOSTER WHICH ACCELERATES THE MISSILE UNTIL ITS OWN ROCKET ENGINE TAKES OVER.

    THE CONSTELLATION WILL BE READY FOR SERVICE ON JAN 6 NEXT YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA38XN1G6ZM5XN1FEA3KIMUJ1N8
    Media URN:
    VLVA38XN1G6ZM5XN1FEA3KIMUJ1N8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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