USS Forrestal, the Navy's first supercarrier, sold for 1 cent
Named for James Forrestal, the former Navy secretary and the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, the carrier was lauded as the “biggest ship ever built” by Popular Science, which detailed it in its August 1954 issue. More than 16,000 engineers, draftsmen and builders worked on the ship, which took an estimated $217 million — nearly $2 billion in today's dollars — to build. Readers were amazed to learn that the ship featured enough air-conditioning equipment to cool New York City’s Empire State Building two-and-a-half times over. It launched on Dec. 11, 1954.
“Her 3,500 crewmen will use nearly twice as much water as the eight big boilers that feed her main turbines,” Popular Science reported. “To supply both needs, her water tanks must store nearly 400,000 gallons.”
A fine ship, a proud ship; going to a ditch in Brownsville, Texas where swarms of Mexicans will hack it to bits. Very sad. And this is the ship on which an explosion touched off a fire that killed 134 sailors on 29 July, 1967. Lot of history here. Here's her official web page.
And ex-Saratoga(CV 60) and ex-Constellation(CV 64) are set to follow shortly.
I'll bid a buck for either of them. Anchored off-shore, they'd be a perfect week-end get-away that's isolated, historic, defensible and uniquely situated for Cessna operations.