How NASCAR Influenced Design of a Supercarrier


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How NASCAR Influenced Design of a Supercarrier



When you think of NASCAR, “speed” comes to mind. That is what the US Military also needs. But how NASCAR made its way onto an aircraft carrier, is #NotWhatYouThink #NWYT

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  1. It’s insane how bad your grammatical intuition is when your pronunciation, vocabulary and your repertoire of idioms is as good as it is. Do you want some help reviewing scripts before recording?

  2. A couple points I feel I have to point out –
    – Wasp's deck edge elevator: The deck edge elevator had nothing to do with realizing the elevators being stuck down could be an issue, that was a lesson that wasn't learned till much later and adopted in to Essex and Midway class designs that came late/post war. The reason for USS Wasp's unique elevator is the limitations of the Washington Naval Treaty. They wanted to squeeze in an extra Yorktown class carrier within the tonnage. In order to do that they had to save tonnage and make it a bit smaller – so in order to have 3 elevators still the deck edge one was put in place in the most minimalist way possible.
    – Forrestal's Elevators: It had the same issue as the Midway conversions for the same reasons – USS Forrestal and I believe the second of the class were both already under construction as axial deck carriers. Which to those unfamiliar is the name used for the CV's you see from WW2 and before with straight decks. The angle deck was added to the design late, and so while still under construction Forrestal was modified to have an angled deck – but that meant the elevator was at the front of it. For some reason, unlike the Midway conversions, that issue was never addressed (the Midway class CV's that had angled decks installed later had them moved to the back of the angled deck).

  3. that map of the "Islands UK uses" is weird bro.
    The European borders shown is poopy (diff. period).
    Are you …. having an issue with your periods, meess ?
    Freakin' Jonas and his periods.

  4. It actually makes a ton of sense. Nascar is not purely won on driver skill. It's won through sheer efficiency and luck. You don't know when a tire is going to blow or something, but the efficiency with which you can get the car back on the track is what wins the race. That is definitely a mindset that can be scaled up to carriers. There are other races they should consider looking at for inspiration. Like the 24hr endurance races.