There were to be six Iowa class BBs.
The Illinois was to be BB-65 and the Kentucky was to be BB-66.
Both were partially built but work was stopped when it became obvious that carriers would rule.
The Kentucky was 72 percent complete when the bow section was cut off and mounted on the Wisconsin which had suffered a collision in 1956.
Another larger class was envisioned. It was called the Montana Class and called for five identical battleships larger than the Iowas.
To: Eric in the Ozarks
The armor intended for both the unbuilt Iowas and Montanas is still laying around somewhere in Philadelphia and Norfolk navy yards. At least it was until fairly recently.
posted on 04/25/2012 8:16:05 AM PDT
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