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Thread: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertswo View Post
    We park aircraft on cats all the time during flight ops. I think you have some sort of idea that during flight ops the deck is static. There are aircraft being pushed and pulled and parked all over the place during launch and recovery. Meanwhile, just looking at that picture of Hermes underway on the magazine cover, how many square feet aren't being used there? Maybe 800 to 1000, yes?
    Mate I well understand that the deck of a Carrier is an extremely dynamic and fast moving place. I am simply observing that to call any space on a Carrier deck "unusable" is a little misleading.

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    I agree, a ski-jump ramp isn't wholly unusable when not used for launching planes, it can be used for parking aircraft on as the photos have shown. And don't forget, the ramp has usable space within in - albeit, not for aircraft.

    Maybe in 50 years time on the next generation carrier, perhaps a ski-jump ramp (if still required!) could be built which can be raised up for launching STOVL planes and lowered down flat when not needed, giving even more parking space and reducing the radar footprint. A catapult could also be built into this theoretical ramp too, for an extra boost?!

    *hums Thunderbird 2 launch theme*
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    Article from Naval Technology regarding the recently completed inclining test:

    http://www.naval-technology.com/news...g-test-4357875

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    QEC Twitter: "There's now over 20k tonnes of HMS Prince Of Wales in Rosyth for final assembly to begin. That's as much as an entire Invincible Class carrier."

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    Short video of LB02 leaving Portsmouth courtesy of Martin Balls via YouTube.

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    Weekly update:

    http://www.aircraftcarrieralliance.c...ate-010914.pdf

    Considerably shorter than in recent months with respect to build news but that is because most of the blocks under construction for HMS PRINCE OF WALES have now been delivered! The ring butt welding for LB04 is approaching completion which will then allow other work to commence, and CB02g&h are approaching completion.

    HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH will have her high voltage distribution system switched on at the end of September in advance of generator start-up early next year. Meanwhile there is a further one million metres of cable to install and nearly 50,000 pipes to be pressure tested . . .

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