While redecorating my library I came across a model kit I must have had for 15 years without realizing it. So over the past two months I put it time now and then on building the Forrestal. This was the lead ship in its class (Saratoga, Ranger, Independence). It was the first carrier built specifically for jet aircraft, the largest in history at her launch. She was active from 1955 to 1993, and was berthed here in Newport for a while prior to heading for Philadelphia and the mothball fleet.