Gearbox GBX9003 US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Hornet (CV-8), Doolittle Raid, April 1942 (1:700 Scale)
"The Japanese people had been told they were invulnerable ... An attack on the Japanese homeland would cause confusion in the minds of the Japanese people and sow doubt about the reliability of their leaders. There was a second, and equally important, psychological reason for this attack ... Americans badly needed a morale boost."
- General Jimmy Doolittle, from his autobiography, "I Could Never Be So Lucky Again "
The Yorktown class aircraft carriers consisted of three carriers built by the USA completed shortly before World War II. They bore the brunt of early action in that war, and the sole survivor of the class was to become the most accomplished ship in the history of the U.S. Navy.
The lessons learned from operations with the large battlecruiser conversion Lexington class in comparison with the smaller purpose-built Ranger had taught the Navy that large carriers, rather than small ones, were more operationally flexible and survivable. As the result of this experience, the U.S. Navy built the Yorktown (CV-5) and Enterprise (CV-6), commissioned in 1937 and 1938 respectively. These were fast and versatile carriers, able to carry and operate over 80 warplanes, almost as many as the much larger Lexington class.
With the addition of the 14,700 ton Wasp (CV-7), a smaller version of the class, the U.S. Navy used up its full 135,000 ton Washington Naval Treaty limit of aircraft carrier tonnage. The scrapping of the treaty system in 1937 allowed the US to begin building more carriers, and the first of this new carrier program was another Yorktown class, Hornet (CV-8), commissioned in 1941. Improvements to the Yorktown design and being free of the Washington Treay limitations brought about the Essex (CV-9) class.
Unusually, the ships carried (but seldom used) a catapult on the hangar deck level; this catapult was eliminated on all following carrier classes as it was relatively useless in operation.
Pictured here is a 1:700 scale diecast replica of the US aircraft carrier Hornet, which participated in the Doolittle Tokyo Raid of April 1942. Comes on a special display plinth.
Back Order! Ship Date: July 2014.
Length: 12 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: May 2004
Historical Account: "The Doolittle Raid" - The seventh Hornet (CV-8) launched 16 Army B-25s to strike the Japanese home islands in one of the most daring raids in the history of warfare -- the "Doolittle Raid." She went on to fight at the Battle of Midway and was subsequently lost to an overwhelming air attack at the Battle of Santa Cruz in late 1942.