13259Re: Aircraft Carrier
- Aug 1, 2001Wow! A kindred spirit!
Miles, the long-gone British aircraft manufacturer best known for its
trainers, seriously proposed its Messenger light planes for anti-
submarine patrol off merchant ships during WWII. The Messenger was a
low-wing plane with slots and flaps, much like the French/Polish
Rallye glier tugs. The were to operate from a 60-foot square deck
with rope arrestor cords and a bungee-sprung net for backup. For
demonstration flights, they marked out a square on the airfield and
packed in 5 passengers to represent the weight of equipment and a
depth charge. It all worked great, but bureaucracy killed it.
Here's a link to some Messenger pics:
For a real imagination-starter, got to James Wharram's site and check
out some of his larger catamarans, up to 60'. I would think that you
could power one of his big cats with a couple of small diesels to
make a fantastic little carrier. Or, you could go with an ultralight
on floats and use the boat as a seaplane tender, and get away with a
much smaller boat.
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