posted on Nov, 12 2014 @ 03:09 AM
a reply to: aholic
Its pretty feasible in terms of engine technology, In my line of work, we run a number of gas turbine power stations, some are Aero type engines,
others are built for power stations but a very similar tech.
The turbines basically consume most hours when starting but once running they can run for weeks and months, there is no reason you couldnt keep a
large aircraft up there for months (with appropriate support). Aircraft carriers are similar in terms that with the Nuke powerplant you dont need fuel
and water etc., but you are limited by food and stuff so still need a logistics path.
If you could fly UAVs in and out of an Airborne platform, it could deliver enough food and water and remove waste to keep you up there for ages, only
thing you need is fuel - the only thing! Its also the biggest and weightiest thing.
What is the endurance of a 747 if it was to run on the lowest fuel consumption possible and if coupled with a boomer, is it possible to give it enough
fuel for a couple of days with current tech? Are turbo props more suitable (the russian Bear type??).
So many questions...I love the idea of an Airborne Aircraft Carrier..