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Originally posted by Number23
That’s exactly my idea. Imagine how many more tail sitters a Nimitz could carry than conventional aircraft. It could even incorporate launch tubes like on SSNs, so as to increase take off weight. Tail sitters wouldn’t require risky high speed carrier trap recoveries either.
Originally posted by waynos
wrt the amount of fuel used on take off - how about a separate tank that it just big enough to hold the amount of fuel required to lift off and transition, it could then be droppped (by parachute?) to be reused (it is still over freindly territory after all) and the plane flies on with full tanks.