The US Navy has the biggest air craft carriers in the world. The Nimitz–class carriers have a length of 1,092 ft (333 m) overall, 1,040 ft (317 m) at the waterline, and a beam of 134 ft (41 m). They have a full-load displacement of 101,196 long tons (102,820 t).
A carrier on its end standing vertically would definitely be a major part of the city skyline. The Empire state building, once the tallest building in New York, is only about 175ft taller than an Nimitz Class carrier is long.
The One World Trade Center Tower is 1776 ft tall to the tip and 1368ft to the observation deck. That’s only about 300ft taller than if you were standing on top of a carrier standing on its end. The Freedom tower is 200ft square at its base, same as the original World Trade Center Towers. A carrier has a beam, or width of 134ft at the water line and 252 ft wide at the flight deck.
The One World Trade Center cost about $3.9 Billion to build, a Nimitz class carrier cost about $8.5 Billion.
While the true speed of a carrier is speculated higher, the rated speed of a carrier is over 35 miles per hour. It is nuclear power plant drives 4 massive propellers and generates 260,000 horse power.
If a carrier was in you neighborhood it would block out a major view of the sky and cast a significant shadow. The size and capabilities of these carriers exhibits the sheer power of the US Navy Fleet. If you served on a carrier and have interesting facts to share, add them to the comment section below.