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Old December 20th, 2015, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Any Vets that roller skated on aircraft carriers?

While browsing through some WWII newspapers and magazines, I am intrigued to learn of vets who roller skated on aircraft carriers to keep their skating skills up to speed...so to speak! Apparently, the rink was the lower hanger and served as a pretty good size rink floor. I know that Chicago Skate Company could not make skates for the general public but continued to make them, as a priority requistion along with cigarettes for the boys! While in chicago over Tks-giving, went to Chicago Library and read old roller skate columns in the Herald American, later purchased and owned by the Chicago Tribune.

I'm curious if forum members know of vets, or vets themselves who may have engaged in skating on a U.S. aircraft carriers. Drop me a note.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 11:16 PM   #2
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The carrier I was on was impossible to skate either the hanger bay or flight deck. The non-skid was ridiculous and the jp5 made for non stop non stick. My skating was done at the rink at home port or if the port we pulled into had a rink I would go there.

btw, I was on the USS Enterprise from 1985-1989
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 08:11 PM   #4
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I'm sure that first nuclear powered carrier was (and probably still is) state of the art now what some 55 years of age! Amazing.

But weren't the lower decks of CV-6 class wood...I mean I don't know but I am sure the surface, unless concrete would have had to have been chewed up by all the equipment dropped, rolled and scooted.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 05:22 AM   #5
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Hi,

From the recent Iraq Conflict, we did have one skater that did this recently. Do not remember his ID, yet you can find him on SLF if you wish. Cheers.

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave
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