I imagine building an aircraft carrier for the Navy isn't easy. I built one once — it was the U.S.S. Flag from G.I. Joe! Building the real thing is obviously a lot different and a lot harder. A basic carrier takes five years to build and cost a whopping $5 billion. It's made out of 60,000 tons of steel and weighs over 200 million pounds when it's complete.
I've had a fascination with Navy ships ever since I was a kid. I love visiting the decommissioned ones that are on display in certain parts of the country. The only aircraft carrier I've been on is the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego, and it's so freakin' cool!
I've wondered what goes into building these ships, and now the Science Channel has released a video that gives us a great breakdown of the details. It also offers additional information on the functions of the carriers and other things. It's definitely worth checking out when you get a chance!