Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Builder's Model USS America

One of the crown jewels of the museum's collection is the builder's model of the aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66).  Built by the model shop of Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in the 1960s, the model is made of wood and is over six feet long at a scale 1/8" of model to one foot of real ship. The aircraft on the ship represent a 1960s-era Naval air wing with A-4 SkyhawksRA-5 Vigilantes, A-7 Corsiar IIs, A-6 Intruders, F-4 Phantoms, and C-2 Greyhounds,   It is one of the largest ship models in the Navy's collection and can be seen in the museum's Cold War gallery.

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