This photo shows the USS Ranger near Diamondhead, Hawaii in 1958.
The USS Ranger CVA-61 was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to carry this proud name. The Ranger was a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier. Her keel was laid on August 2nd 1954 at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in Newport News, Virginia. She was launched on September 29th 1956 and christened by Mrs. Arthur Radford, wife of Admiral Radford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard August 10th 1957 with Capt. Charles T. Booth II at the helm.
During his tour onboard the Ranger Jack filmed countless landings and take offs. Using both motion picture and still photography Jack helped to record both the successful and less than successful landing and take offs from the deck of the Ranger.
Information learned from this film could mean the difference between life and death not only for the air crews, but for the crew of the entire ship.
The USS Ranger CVA-61 and USS Lexington CVA-16 docked at Alameda, California.
Today Jack Lever is a successful commercial photographer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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