Drone’s Eye View Of Top Gun Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger, On Its Way To Scrapyard
Sep 21, 2016 Joris Nieuwint
Amazing footage shot from a Drone of the USS Ranger as it was being towed to be scrapped in Brownsville. The drone has the honor of being the last air vehicle ever to leave from its historic flight deck.
The USS Ranger, the 7th US Navy ship to carry this name, was one of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the United States Navy in the 1950s. The Ranger was the first of this class of supercarriers that was built from the beginning as an angled-deck ship.
Commissioned in 1957, she served virtually all her time in the Pacific, especially the Vietnam War, for which she earned 13 battle stars.
On 21 April 1992, in harmony with other World War II 50th Anniversary commemorations 1992-1995, USS Ranger participated in the commemorative re-enactment of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, with 1,500 guests including several Raiders and VIP military veterans.
Two World War II–era B-25 bombers were craned on board at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, and took off under their own power five miles off Point Loma.
The restored World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber aircraft In The Mood takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61). The B-25 is taking part in a re-enactment of Doolittle’s Raid of April 18, 1942, during which 16 B-25s were launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-
in the first attack on the Japanese mainland.
Ranger appeared on television in The Six Million Dollar Man and Baa Baa Black Sheep, and in the films Top Gun, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home where she was standing in for the carrier Enterprise, and Flight of the Intruder.
The USS Ranger was decommissioned on 10 July 1993 after 36 years of service. In September 2010, the not-for-profit USS Ranger Foundation submitted an application to Naval Sea Systems Command proposing the donation of Ranger for use as a museum ship and multipurpose facility, to be located in Fairview, Oregon. However, in September 2012 this was rejected, and she was designated for scrapping.
On 22 December 2014, the U.S. Navy paid one cent to International Shipbreaking of Brownsville, Texas, to tow and scrap Ranger. International Shipbreaking towed her from the Bremerton, Washington on the West Coast, around South America, through the Straits of Magellan, as Ranger is too big to fit through the Panama Canal, to Brownsville on the East Coast.
The towing began on 5 March 2015 and had arrived on July 12, 2015, at her final resting place.