Volley of the Blue Moon by Briney ()
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Shangri-la should have been a dream of course, an ark of civilization, an unattainable paradise remote from the storm rising over the world...
But the only Shangri-la anyone was likely to find in 1945 was in fact, USS Shangri-La, possibly the only ship in history to be named after a "sound bite." A "long-hull" Essex-class carrier commissioned late in 1944, Shangri-la served out the concluding months of the war in the Pacific. The name is a homage to an older Essex-class carrier, USS Hornet- the ship that had launched the ambitious Doolittle Raid. Responding to a reporter's question, US President Roosevelt quipped that the planes had flown from a "secret base at Shangri-la."
Rendered in Vue using BeyondVR's excellent carrier - I've hidden my meagre New Orleans class cruiser in the distance.
Image Comments (5)
neiwil () 1:46PM | Sat, 16 April 2011
Awsome image, brilliant water 'plume'.I've been following a program about the Doolittle raid on TV, part 3 tomorrow. Big thumbs up for this....
yschau () 9:27PM | Sun, 17 April 2011
great scene, the view is special , it seems i am floating on the sea