Marceline, Mo. Walsworth, [1968]. 1st printing. 352 pp. Profusely illustrated with b/w & color photographic images. 12-1/4" x 9". Blue cloth binding with gold embossed graphic of the Enterprise to the front board. Title embossed, in the bllind, to spine. Photographic image of the ship as eps. Slight lean. Minor extremity wear. A VG - VG+ copy. Item #41432

Commissioned in 1962, Enterprise was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier & the 8th United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed "Big E". At 1,123 ft, she is the longest naval vessel in the world, a record which still stands. Enterprise's crew numbered some 4,600 odd sailors, aviators, et al.

1969 was a fateful year for this ship, as on 14 January, a MK-32 Zuni rocket loaded on a parked F-4 exploded when ordnance cooked off after being overheated by an aircraft start unit. The explosion set off fires and additional explosions across the flight deck. The fires were controled comparatively quickly, but 27 sailors were killed and an additional 314 were injured. The fire destroyed 15 aircraft, and the resulting damage forced Enterprise to put in for repairs at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. On 1 March, repairs to the ship were completed and the ship proceeded on her scheduled western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment to Vietnam and the Tonkin Gulf.

This horrific event is pictorially captured in this volume, as well as the crew, ship's departments, etc, as is the norm for a cruise book such as this.

No copies found listed on OCLC.

Price: $295.00

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