Popular Mechanics: If You Have $5 Billion and 60,000 Tons of Steel, You Can Build Your Own Aircraft Carrier
Oh, you'll also need 2,500 workers and four acres worth of flight deck.
Aircraft carriers are undeniably impressive. Essentially floating airports on the sea, they are the structural backbone of the U.S. Navy and are engineering marvels in their own right. But what does it take to actually build one of these monsters? Well first, get ready to spend some cash.
The Science Channel breaks down the money, materials, and procedural steps it takes to build an aircraft carrier, which includes $5 billion, 60, 000 tons of steel, 2,500 workers, and at least a five-year window for actually building the thing.
That price doesn't even include the fighter jets.
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WNU Editor: Mind you this is a bare-bones version of an aircraft carrier .... not Gerald Ford Class, and no planes (and probably no missiles and other armaments).