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cow9th
08-22-2004, 12:11 PM
in real life im pretty sure i saw pics of floats of some sort being used by various aircraft

imagine only the flight deck of a carrier on water and nothing else.

was this for training pilots or to find out if carriers would work ?
sorry for the lack of info pacific theatre i know little about.

would be nice to see a couple of small practice fields in the game with nets or wires.

are nets included in the game ( i anm guessing not as the damage moddel would not be able to cope, and the AI on the ship would hav eto know a damaged plane was about to land.)
but it would be kinda nice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif, not that i ever saw a net used in WWII.

cow9th
08-22-2004, 12:11 PM
in real life im pretty sure i saw pics of floats of some sort being used by various aircraft

imagine only the flight deck of a carrier on water and nothing else.

was this for training pilots or to find out if carriers would work ?
sorry for the lack of info pacific theatre i know little about.

would be nice to see a couple of small practice fields in the game with nets or wires.

are nets included in the game ( i anm guessing not as the damage moddel would not be able to cope, and the AI on the ship would hav eto know a damaged plane was about to land.)
but it would be kinda nice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif, not that i ever saw a net used in WWII.

Latico
08-22-2004, 12:53 PM
I'm not sure but my guess is that if a pilot returned to his carrier with a damaged plain that he figured he'd be crash landing on the deck, rather than cluttering up the flight deck and holding up recovery of the rest of his flight, he would ditch near one of the escort ships. Just seems reasonable to me.

You have to remember that the first carrier based planes were slower bi-planes. Mono-wing aircraft started coming out just prior to the war. I'm going to assume that before new pilots tried to catch a wire on a carrier they probably started out doing T&G (touch and go) with their hooks up.

Fliger747
08-22-2004, 03:50 PM
An important part of trainig for Varrier operations is "Carrier Field Landing practice".

In effect a simulated "deck" is laid out on an airfield, complete with LSO to assist and evaluate. The object is to develop airspeed and path control skills to be able to land at the right place, with the right attitude and speed, every time. Generally no other acoutrements of Carrier Aviation were present, such as arresting wires or barriers.

The main function of the barriers in WWII aviation were to protect the aircraft parked forward in case of skipped wires or a botched wave-off.

Float equipped aircraft were used by the Japanese somewhat more so than with US forces. Floats were tried out on the F4F and P38, (and C47) though not to my knowldge used operationally.

VFA-195 Snacky
08-23-2004, 12:33 AM
Actually, if your aircraft was damaged (ie- no gear, etc) and you had enough fuel you would still land aboad ship, but only after everyone else is safely aboard. Much easier to repair a broken airplane after a crash landing vs a sunk airplane in the ocean. Many times when you see aircraft ditch next to the ship it's because they either don't have the fuel to wait for the other aircraft to land, or they lack experience to crash land safely (especially in rough seas)

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Latico:
I'm not sure but my guess is that if a pilot returned to his carrier with a damaged plain that he figured he'd be crash landing on the deck, rather than cluttering up the flight deck and holding up recovery of the rest of his flight, he would ditch near one of the escort ships. Just seems reasonable to me.

You have to remember that the first carrier based planes were slower bi-planes. Mono-wing aircraft started coming out just prior to the war. I'm going to assume that before new pilots tried to catch a wire on a carrier they probably started out doing T&G (touch and go) with their hooks up.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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