How Fast Does an Aircraft Carrier Go?


Aircraft carriers can move about 35 miles per hour. Enterprise Class and Nimitz Class carriers are 1,040 feet long and 252 feet wide. They can hold about 80 aircraft.

The Nimitz Class carriers, propelled by nuclear power, are the world's largest warships. The 10 Nimitz Class carriers include USS Nimitz, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Ronald Reagan. The USS Enterprise was the first nuclear-propelled carrier.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is expected for delivery in 2015. It is the first in the new Ford Class carrier and is powered by two nuclear reactors. It is 1,090 feet long and 256 feet wide.