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Topic review - Calling all USS Iowa BB-61 class fans
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Fliger747 wrote:
I thought I posted this yesterday, but it's not here!


It's posted under new books. :smallsmile:
Post Posted: Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:17 pm
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I thought I posted this yesterday, but it's not here!

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Looks to be a pretty empty sunroom for the Admiral to sit in his chair. Currently on Mo the chair isn't there, maybe the Admiral took it with him. The entrance to his level of the conning tower and flag plot, just around the corner.
Post Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:22 pm
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:01 pm
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Not from that era, but I have taken a photo on Missouri inside the flag bridge which doesn't appear to be much if any changed.

Tom
Post Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 9:49 pm
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interior, the part outside the conning tower but behind the glass windows.
Post Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 7:29 pm
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The interior, or just the viewing ports visible from the exterior?
Post Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 2:11 am
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can anyone point me to photo of the Iowa’s flag bridge during WWII?
Post Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:45 am
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That would be some challenging Helicopter flying, pedal turns are easy, except you are dealing with a ship underway plus wind and superstructure turbulence. The only good thing is it's government and not personal equipment. I flew with a lot of Navy plots and they were usually pretty good sticks.
Post Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:13 am
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It's the dropdown lights for the approach lighting system. When the ship was recommissioned in the 1980's, the approach path was diagonal. The dropdown lights were located at the starboard side. A diagonal approach was used because larger helicopters had to be at an angle to fit on the helipad.

The diagonal approach turned out to be difficult to use so it was changed to a centerline approach. The lineup lights were offset to starboard as were the dropdown lights (attached to the gun tub).

Large helicopters (e.g. CH-53) had to do a pedal turn before lowering to the helipad in order to fit.

The final configuration added diagonal lines indicating how much large helicopters had to turn before landing.

Both the original set of diagonal lineup lights and the offset centerline lineup lights remain.
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:27 pm
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DavidP wrote:
I think there is 1 mounted on the port tub as can see some metal framework there.


There is only ONE of these in place (prior HINT given by BigJimSlade).

More than likely a retractable davit w/sky hook used as a Troll Washer; see Dunking Stool under Early American Puritan Historical Relics.
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:15 pm
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I think there is 1 mounted on the port tub as can see some metal framework there.
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:57 pm
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Mmmm, something to add to my Missouri!
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:01 pm
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OH YEA!!!! So, what's my prize???? I was at least 75% right - just not the location.

Cash only, no gift cards thank you :big_grin:

Hank

And.....since that's part of the '80s ship, perhaps the musuem staff should look into getting it put back into working order and then getting it reinstalled on the stbd tub.
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:00 am
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:46 am
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Fliger747 wrote:
ThoughI have flown helicopters I have never participated in shipboard operations. There are such approach lighting systems in use, especially for night operations but I am not familiar with them. Another WAG would be for positioning another ship during UNREP?
Tom


Now, that would be my 2nd thought, as well - an UNREP GO/NO GO warning light bar - given the fact that most items from the 1960s era are long gone, I would suspect that if this item is something along these ideas, then it would have been in place in the 1980s commission. Again, I don't recall seeing anything like this in 68-69, but then again, I was on the bridge during UNREP from tankers/AOE's, etc. and wouldn't have seen the station setup, etc. Also, this would have been an item stored when not in use. Good one, Tom!!!

Hank
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:49 am
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ThoughI have flown helicopters I have never participated in shipboard operations. There are such approach lighting systems in use, especially for night operations but I am not familiar with them. Another WAG would be for positioning another ship during UNREP?

Tom
Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:40 am
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Jim,

Just a guess here - possibly a "come aboard" lamp post (red/yellow/green) for the Helo Deck - i.e. approaching choppers would use this similar to the landing "Meat Ball" light system on a CVA. I may have been mounted on the after side of the old Projection Booth so it could be seen from aircraft landing from astern. I don't recall something like this in the late 60s when I was on board, but then I didn't have anything to do with the flight ops and wasn't aware of how they ran their affairs.

Hank
Post Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:26 pm
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"Smoking Lamp" (Ship's Condition Status)?
Post Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:50 pm
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ModelMonkey wrote:
Fighting lights?


Not quite.

HInt: Only one was in use.
Post Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:09 am
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Fighting lights?


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