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USS Argus

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    Country

    England

    type

    USS

    General characteristics

    Length (m):

    173

    Width (m):

    25

    Displacement (tons):

    20400

    Speed (knots):

    20,5

    Draft (m):

    6,4

    Crew:

    401

    Vooruzhenie

    guns:

    4 140 mm

    Aircraft:

    20

    Air defense systems:

    6 102 mm

    aircraft carrier Argus

    In early 1914, the British firm Beardmore shipyard commissioned by Italy was laid liner "Conte Rosso." War prevented the completion of the work, and in 1916, buying housing, build it as the British aircraft carrier "Argus". The design of this ship was a lot of new: a complete lack of add-ins, flight deck almost the entire length of the ship, through the horizontal fume chimney, built under the deck, with the release of his aft. But the most important innovation that made England for some time leader, was certainly arrester. The first attempts to replace the deck dragging sandbags system, where the kinetic energy is expended on hoisting, were made on Fyuries, but they were maloudachnyh. Therefore, when designing "Argus" developed a structure in which the energy of the aircraft braking spent on compression springs. Arrester consisted of metal cables strung across the aft deck at a height of 230 mm and light shields supported with springs. At run boarding aircraft wheels pressed to the deck plates, spending their kinetic energy to the deformation of the springs. As a result, it greatly reduces the mileage. Also transverse cables stretched over the deck also longitudinal, preventing lateral slipping during landing.

    aircraft carrier Argus

    During the war he served mainly as air transport for the transport aircraft (maximum number of transported at a time - 92). After the modernization in 1942 some time been used as a combat aircraft carrier. 11/10/1942 during "Operation Torch" damaged hit 250 kg bombs in the aft flight deck. Renovated, in September 1943, officially reclassified as a training aircraft carrier.

    Transferred to class of ships in the port in 1944 and in 1946 was scrapped.





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