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Kitty Hawk Class, U.S. Aircraft Transports


Photograph of Kitty Hawk-class aircraft transport

DANFS


Specifications:


Tonnage
4000 tons light
16,480 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 478' by 63'6" by 26'3"
145.69m by 19.35m by 8.0m
Maximum speed       17 knots
Complement 245
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 3"/50 AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared tubine (8000 shp)
3 Babcock and Wilcox boilers
Bunkerage
1300 tons
Capacity
At least 120 aircraft or 5 PT boats


The Kitty Hawks were former commercial railway car carriers that were modified to carry aircraft in place of railway cars. They had no capability of launching aircraft, but could transship their cargoes at sea, a very useful logistical capability.

These ships were also capable of carrying a number of PT boats.


Units in the Pacific:

Kitty Hawk

1941-12-21

Hammondsport      

1941-12-26


References

DANFS

NavSource.org (accessed 2009-12-19)



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