Source: Navy Live
quote: They may be slow and they may be expensive, but if a crisis brews in the Middle East, would you rather your aircraft take off from the Persian Gulf or from Missouri?
quote: An aircraft taking off from the Persian Gulf (or the Indian Ocean) can spend 2 hrs in transit and spend 10 hrs loitering. An aircraft from the continental US would have to spend 12 hrs in the air, loiter for 2 hours, then fly home.
quote: I don't necessarily agree that we need a dozen of them in peacetime though - nearly as many as the rest of the world combined, I think.
quote: But the problem is, an aircraft carrier has to physically be there. If there is a conflict where an aircraft carrier is NOT currently located...
quote: Because of the lag time I don't think that they could ever do it with an operator it would all need to be done automatically by the computer. Radar with a couple of reflective points on the deck should do it.
quote: This historic event challenges the paradigm of manned carrier landings
quote: his historic event challenges the paradigm of manned carrier landings