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Gallery: 1930-1941 Description: Spotting planes were carried by all U.S. Battleships. These "eyes of the fleet" float planes greatly extended the effective range of the main battery. This rendering shows the Arizona's (BB-39) 3 SOC float planes circa 1938. They are units of VO (Observation Squadron) One. Text & drawing by Alan E. Chesley, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
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