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Speaking of carriers; here is a picture of a spitfire leaving the earlier USS Wasp for Malta in the epic attempt to fly in more air defence in April 1942 prior to Pedestal.
Has anyone looked at the extraodinary site devoted to the former Soviet carrier Varyag? This huge ship was abandonned by Russia prior to completion and then sold to China on the pretext of becoming a floating casino. The Chinese Government clearly have a wider view of the "fortunes of war" and have finished the job of making her ready for sea service. Think the site is www.varyagworld.com which is well worth a look. The name Varyag commemorates an earlier cruiser from the Tsushima era but thats another story. Look up the name on Gogle and you will find it anyway.
Tim very impressive looking ship and site ,the chinese won that one I think,although it took 627 days to tow her to china where she has been tied up for 3years noone knows her future,speculation has it she will become a
! Operational carrier
2 A training platform
3 A transitional platform
4 Floating theme park
I have a vague memory that a similar fate befell a ship of the Australian navy. Can't recall which one just now. I'll see if I can find out.
I think you will find it was HMAS Melbourne, Herk...
Here's a photo of USS Wasp 1940 sent to me by the Emil Buehler library. I have also attached my color diagram of the flag pattern.
Any idea what it spells out? My guess is: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
A really nice piece of research and work, Bruce. First time I've seen an illustration of the dress ship flag sequence that was clear and complete.
Looks like they went with whatever fit in the proper sequence from bow to foremast, then duplicated that number of flags in the same order from mainmast to stern, with a unique grouping betweeen the masts. Maybe a longer Essex would have been able to use all the flags twice!? :)
Appreciate your hard work on that, and posting it for us. That little jewel will go in my file of ship flags and such!
Indeed, very nice research work!
Bruce, Nice work! Any idea what it spells out? My guess is: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Thanks, Doug
No, it should be "Supercaleygoballisticcelticareatrocious".
This was the headline in the Scottish Daily Record in the 1990's when the then lowly Inverness Caley FC beat the mighty Glasgow Celtic in a cup competitition.
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