USS Enterprise


A true engineering marvel, the still-active USS Enterprise [CVA(N)65] is the eighth ship to carry the Enterprise name. Commissioned on Nov. 25, 1961, the "Big E" was designed and engineered as the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, with 8 reactors on board. The ship began flight operations in early 1962, when an F8U Crusader became the first airplane to land on the Enterprise's 4.47-acre flight deck. In Feb. 1962, the ship served as a tracking and measuring station for the epochal flight of Friendship &, the "Project Mercury" space capsule in which Lt. Col. John Glenn, Jr., USMC, made the nation's first orbital space flight.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The "Enterprise" name dates back to when America was a British colony. The first Enterprise was 70-ton sloop that supplied posts along Lake Champlain. The seventh Enterprise (CV-6), earned the title "The Fighting Gray Lady" during WW II, when she served as the Flagship for the Atlantic fleet and led in the forefront of the Battle of Midway.