20 April 2020

During World War II, did the U.S. Navy operate two aircraft carriers in the Great Lakes for training purposes… Answer … A. True … B. False

Both Carriers began life as Great Lakes Side Paddle wheel Steamers The Wolverine IX-64 (original name Seeandbee) running between Buffalo and Cleaveland and the other Sable IX-81 (original name Greater Buffalo). The 2 were berthed at the Navy Pier in Chicago and were known as the Corn Belt Fleet. Together, Sable and Wolverine trained 17,820 pilots in 116,000 carrier landings. Of these, 51,000 landings were on Sable alone. One of the pilots qualified on Sable was a 20-year-old Lieutenant, junior grade, future president George H. W. Bush.

For more and also pictures USS Wolverine (Wikipedia) and the USS Sable (Wikipedia) and an article about both at at Military Now