From: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS, Vol. VII, p. 417.
United States (CVA-58) was laid down on 19 April 1949 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., but her construction was terminated on five days later on the 23rd. The "super-carrier" had been designed to la unch atomic bomb-carrying, long-range aircraft and had been an object of controversy between the military services. Designed without a fixed-superstructure, the 1,090-foot, 33 knot carrier would have been, at the time of her scheduled completion, the wor ld's largest aircraft carrier.