~ Cased Model Of The USS Forrestal Supercarrier ~
A well built cased model of the American supercarrier USS Forrestal.
The model is plastic, possibly kit built and of a nice quality, housed in a wood framed glass case with ply-board top.
~ Dimensions ~
The case measures 66cm (26 inches) by 23cm (9 inches) with a height of 24cm (9 ½ inches).
It weighs 4.4 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The model is in very nice condition, well made and free from damage.
The case is in good order.
~ USS Forrestal ~
USS Forrestal (CV-59) (later CVA-59, then AVT-59), was a supercarrier named after the first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. Commissioned in 1955, she was the United States’ first completed supercarrier, and was the lead ship of her class.
The ship was affectionately called “The FID”, because her namesake was the first Secretary of Defense, FID standing for “First In Defense”. This is also the slogan on the ship’s insignia and patch. She was also informally known in the fleet as the “USS Zippo” and “Forest Fire” or “Firestal” because of a number of highly publicized fires on board, most notably a 1967 fire in which 134 sailors died and 161 more were injured.
Forrestal served for nearly four decades in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific. She was decommissioned in 1993, and made available as a museum. Attempts to save her were unsuccessful, and in February 2014 she was towed to Brownsville, Texas, to be scrapped. Scrapping was completed in December 2015.