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The trillions of dollars necessary to do this would be far far far better spent else where.....
Originally posted by Zaphod58
You're still going to have a SERIOUSLY limited amount of space to put planes. It would be more of a psychological weapon than a really effective weapon. You might not have to attach the wings anymore (in the case of a swing wing design), but unless you're going to build a HUGE launching platform, you're not going to have many planes.
Another drawback is how to recover the planes. In WWII they used floatplanes. They would land next to the carrier, and they had a crane to put them back on the deck. If you want to land them back on the sub, you just doubled your size. It would be a MONSTROUS submarine, and probably not able to dock in most of your bases, because they aren't deep enough for it.
You could put VTOLs on it, but even if you use them, you're still looking at a huge size to it, and places like Pearl Harbor, which is one of the USN's major shipyards in the Pacific can barely take some of the newer CVNs.
[edit on 4/2/2007 by Zaphod58]
Originally posted by carnival_of_souls2047
Why limit the submarine carrier to just water? I think it should be able to leave the surface of water and head into space and achieve orbit or even go to the moon. Those who control space will control air and sea. Think the Galaxy Garrison.
Originally posted by damajikninja
All this talk about landing/launch space, etc...
What if they used planes that can take off vertically???
Originally posted by iori_komei
I don't claim to know anything about hydrodynamics and submarine
pressurization, but, what if you created a design wherein after it
surfaces the top opens up, and the flightdeck comes out.
On another note, what if you could as well add the covering section to
the flightdecks overall space as well.
Originally posted by xpert11
What advantages would a submarine aircraft carrier offer over current submarines that can launch cruise missiles ?
Unless the planes are launched and recovered below the surface a submarine aircraft carrier would be very vulnerable when launching and recovering planes .