Saturday Reader: WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Independence Found Intact on Ocean Floor

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The USS Independence was converted from a cruiser to an aircraft carrier. The 623 foot long flattop was 109 in width, drew 26-feet of water and could run and 31 knots full speed. Some 30 fighters and bombers flew off her deck. Photo US Archives The USS Independence was converted from a cruiser to an aircraft carrier. The 623 foot long flattop was 109 in width, drew 26-feet of water and could run and 31 knots full speed. Some 30 fighters and bombers flew off her deck. Photo US Archives

A World War II-era aircraft carrier was found on the ocean floor near California’s Farallon Islands and it’s looking great.

Despite being underwater since 1951, the USS Independence CVL-22 is “amazingly intact,” said officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sonar images even show what could be an airplane sitting in the carrier’s hangar bay.

USS Indy pic and sonar image

“After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” James Delgado, maritime heritage director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, said in a statement. “This ship fought a long, hard war in the Pacific and after the war was…

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