Aircraft Carriers’ Flirt With Escalators

The Drive’s article sheds some light on a little-known application for vertical transportation. Installed in the late 1940s through the 1950s, these Westinghouse Electric Stairways transported gear-laden aircrews from their ready rooms deep in the bowels of aircraft carriers up to the flight deck without winding them — at least, when they worked. Unreliability over time seems to have contributed to future ships doing away with them entirely, opting to simply locate ready rooms closer to flight decks.

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