NEW YORK (Reuters) – When it came time to buy the former Navy vessel that used to ferry the U.S. military’s sailors to and from their warships, a small-town Wisconsin company made a deal that changed the way American troops spent their time in the Pacific.
From the moment it was christened the USS Stinson, the vessel has been a virtual reality experience for soldiers who were deployed to the Pacific in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time when America was in the middle of its Cold War, and a time of high tension and conflict.
It is one of only two vessels in the U-2 spy plane fleet, and it’s now one of the biggest and most recognizable military aircraft carriers in the world, used to launch thousands of surveillance satellites from its home base in Guam.
The Stinson will remain in the United States for the next 25 years, but it will be used for research, exploration and education purposes by the U.-2 fleet and its overseas customers, according to the U of M, which owns the aircraft carrier.
The ship was once a single-masted fishing boat with a crew of two.
The U. of M says the Stinson’s first test flight in May 2017 was an emergency landing on a remote beach in Hawaii, where it spent several days in storage.
S.-based company has designed the Stiffy, a virtual-reality vessel that is used for educational purposes, as part of a $1.3 billion investment in the ship, the U Michigan said.
The U. Michigan is a private university in the state of Michigan, and the university says the vessel is intended for educational use only.
The Stinson was designed as a replacement for the old USS St. Clair, which had been used to monitor and collect intelligence about enemy ships in the region, the university said in a statement.
The USS Stiffly is a new version of the U2 spyplane carrier, which was built for the U, MI.
In the late 1950s, the St. Louis was used by the Navy to monitor submarines and surface ships in its territorial waters in the South Pacific.
The plane was used for intelligence gathering and surveillance.
The new aircraft carrier will be the first U.s. military aircraft carrier to fly a mission on a U.N. mission.
It is scheduled to arrive at Yokosuka, Japan, in 2021.
(Reporting by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Andrew Hay)