USS Plainview (AGEH-1)

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USS Plainview
Name: USS Plainview
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 8 May 1964
Launched: 28 June 1965
Commissioned: 3 March 1969
Decommissioned: 22 September 1978
Struck: 30 September 1978
Homeport: Bremerton, Washington
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Hydrofoil
Displacement: 310 long tons (315 t)
Length: 220 ft 6 in (67.21 m)
Beam: 40 ft 5 in (12.32 m)
Draft: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)
Complement: 20
Armament: None

USS Plainview (AGEH–1) was, in its time, the world's largest hydrofoil. Named for the cities of Plainview, New York and Plainview, Texas, she was also the United States Navy's first hydrofoil research ship. Plainview was laid down 8 May 1964 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington; launched 28 June 1965; sponsored by Mrs. John T. Hayward; and placed in service on 3 March 1969.

Propulsion consisted of two General Electric LM1500 free-turbine turboshaft engines, derivatives of the J79 turbojets used in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, but during conventional operations she was driven by two diesel engines. Her homeport was Bremerton, Washington. Plainview carried out long range experimental programs to evaluate the design principles of hydrofoils and to develop and evaluate tactics and doctrine for hydrofoils, particularly in anti-submarine warfare, and helped to determine the feasibility of hydrofoil operations in high seas.

Plainview was decommissioned at 10:30 am, 22 September 1978, at Pier 7, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 September 1978, Plainview was sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) on 1 July 1979 to General Metals (now Schnitzer Metals) on the Hylebos Waterway, Tacoma, Washington. She was partially scrapped in 2004 and sits on private property near Astoria, OregonCoordinates: 46°15′25″N 123°51′06″W / 46.256886°N 123.851683°W / 46.256886; -123.851683.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  • "Plainview". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 5 January 2007. 
  • "Plainview". Service Ship Photo Archive. Retrieved 5 January 2007. 

Further reading[edit]

  • December 1968 Popular Mechanics page 88-90-91 "The Biggest Fastest Flying Boat Yet" words by Bob Zimmerman ; Technical Art Concept (cut away labeled) Fred Wolff available via Google Books.

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