A Quick Visual Primer to Every American Aircraft Carrier Class of the Past 97 Years


The Naval History & Heritage Command put together this awesome and simple graphic that demonstrates the evolutionary history of American aircraft carriers throughout the U.S. Navy’s involvement with naval aviation. It starts off with the USS Langley, the Navy’s first flattop, and ends with the USS Gerald R. Ford, the lead ship of her class due to enter active service within the next two years. It’s cool to see how far we’ve come from the Langley, which was a converted collier with a flat flight-deck added atop the ship’s superstructure, to the Ford, which in itself represents the employment of 100+ years worth of lessons learned in naval aviation.

3 thoughts on “A Quick Visual Primer to Every American Aircraft Carrier Class of the Past 97 Years

  1. You are missing the USS Wasp CV 7. The wasp was a seperate design from the Ranger. She was built to use up the left over tonnage for CV’s and to keep the group who favored smaller carriers over the large ones happy. They both showed in service that you couldn’t make them small and put all you wanted in them, there was no room to grow with changes dictated by combat.


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