posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 02:43 PM
reply to post by chadderson
For some odd reason I still don't quite get, the United States is the only nation on Earth to successfully develop and deploy catapult technology for
an Aircraft Carrier. Thats why ours are flat, spacious and look *HUGE* by comparison. I looked up specs and was surprised to find length and beam
isn't THAT far off the Ford Class Aircraft Carrier.
There is a video somewhere...showing the real dangers of the design China and the rest of the world use for this..and why Aircraft Carriers aren't
the greatest thing since sliced bread to anyone else. The video shows the weakness..and I wish I could find it now. However, it shows a Russian plane
landing on what could have been a sister ship to this one. As he's coming in for a perfect landing...all nicely aligned and green lights across the
board, you see the jet cross the fantail and just as it comes over the deck..... *POP* goes the pilot. Up Up and away.....from a forced ejection, full
You see, the Ski Jump has a huge flaw...and I'll be surprised if China actually BUILDS one after this as opposed to using this Russian cast off as a
test bed. If the plane doesn't reach the full speed for lift, it literally belly flops right IN FRONT of the Carrier and just in time to be run clean
over by it's own ship.
The video I saw was an example of the Russian pilot forgetting to turn off the automated ejection they have/had active in case it did have a short
takeoff and allows the pilot to focus on fighting to save the aircraft rather than timing an ejection to keep from being Naval road kill.
I'd also shudder to even imagine night operations on that design. I guess a lost plane or lost man at night is just gone...and whoever knew him, say
a few words while launching the next jet in the lineup.
Major design issues are why the U.S. is the only Blue Water Navy with functional air wings
based on Carriers, IMO.