BB-55 vs. BB-8 — 10 Bizarre Parallels
On April 9, 1941, the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) was formally commissioned at the New York Navy Yard. It was the height of technology in its day. For its 75th anniversary, we thought we’d compare it to the height of fantasy film tech in 2016: BB-8, the real star of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens."
- •BB-55: 728.8 feet long. BB-8: 2.2 feet (0.67 meters) tall.
- •BB-55: weighs roughly 37,000 short tons unloaded. BB-8: estimated 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds)
- •BB-55: has radar, analog computers, a machine shop and a scout=plane launcher. BB-8: equipment includes arc welder, welding torch and holoprojector.
- •BB-55: camouflage color pattern, with a battleship gray base. BB-8: Mostly white, with silver and orange touches.
- •BB-55: bells and klaxon. BB-8: an array of whistles, buzzes, squeaks and hoots.
- •BB-55: Maneuvered mainly as part of Task Force 58/38. BB-8: Acted as navigation unit on Resistance T-70 X-wing fighter.
- •BB-55: Fought in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. BB-8: Served in the Battle of Starkiller Base.
- •BB-55: Propelled by four screws powered by massive turbines. BB-8: Mostly rolled along on its own.
- •BB-55: Occasionally served as admiral’s flagship. BB-8: Held the missing key to the location of Luke Skywalker.
- •BB-55: Cost $76.8 million in Depression dollars. BB-8: Unclear, but part of a movie with an estimated budget of $200 million.
- •For more information about the battleship North Carolina, visit starnewsonline.com/ussnorthcarolina