USS Kidd
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13 Apr 2010 11:10 AM

 Over the weekend I made a long delayed visit to the USS Kidd.  She is a fine example of how a museum ship should be done.  She's a Fletcher class destroyer commissioned in 1943 and has been restored to her WW2 appearance.  The ticket for the ship and the museum is $8.00 for an adult (which I am even though I rarely act it) and is well worth it.  She is afloat for roughly 6 months of the year, depending on the level of the Mississippi river, the rest of the time she rests on a specially designed cradle.

The high point of the visit was being greeted by one of the men who had served on the Kidd during WW2.  He was a fascinating gentleman and seemed to enjoy talking to visitors.  On the ship you are given a guide pamphlet and then are free to wander on your own.

I recommend it as a side trip for visitors to the 2011 Brouhaha or if you are in Baton Rouge.

Now some interior shots

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Steering Gear

Model of USS Tennessee in the museum.  In 1/96

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13 Apr 2010 11:34 AM
The Tennessee would be awesomein 1/72 with everything armed

Nice looking destroyer, too, could be sitting pierside at any Navy base, as good as it looks! Where is it?
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13 Apr 2010 11:38 AM
Baton Rouge. The highlight of the Louisiana Veteran's Memorial Museum. I really can not comment too much on the museum. It was near closing time and I spent most of my time on the Kidd itself. They do also have a A-7 and a P-40E done up in AVG markings.
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13 Apr 2010 11:56 AM

 A few more pictures

20mm guns

 

The cradle that keeps the Kidd from floating off.  It serves to keep her centered over the supports that hold her up when the river is low.

 

Crew spaces

Officers Quarters

Workshop

 

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13 Apr 2010 12:18 PM

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13 Apr 2010 10:48 PM
Hmmmmm. that looks like a kittyhawk used by the AAF, not the Tomahawk that was used by the AVG.
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13 Apr 2010 10:55 PM

I am no expert on such matters. I just go by what the little sign says.

It was noted to be a P-40E.

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05 May 2010 07:58 PM

Nice Pics there! Thanks for sharing! I just may have to see if I can scrounge up my USS Cod ones... I took a year or so ago.  That is one REAL nice museum submarine.

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05 May 2010 11:30 PM
Submarines are too cramped for me. I hit my head on things too much on a DD.
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06 May 2010 10:29 AM
Yes, some very nice photos.

By the way, a little history of the P-40.

Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

The AVG used the P-40-B model.
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21 Jul 2010 06:06 PM

I figured I would share my photos of the USS Kidd I took in 2005.  I've been on a number of preserved ships, but the Kidd was by far the best preserved and most fun to tour.   

 

 

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21 Jul 2010 10:42 PM
The time of year really makes a difference. She looks so out of place just sitting there in the air.
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22 Jul 2010 12:08 PM
That's a P-40 E. You can tell by the 6 50's in the wing. The AVG version, as pointed out was the P-40 B, which carried 4 30's in the wings, and two 50's firing through the propeller.
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