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nvrsummer2
11-02-2007, 06:19 PM
Was wondering if anyone else thought it might be cool to fly those scout/recon planes that are launched from the BB's.
Anyone have any info on these types of planes? I guessthey wouldnt be terribly fun. You would be limited to scouting out stuff. But launching from the bismark or tirpitz or JAP/american bb's would be kinda cool.

Kurfurst__
11-02-2007, 06:29 PM
The ones on Bismarck/Tirpitz are Arado 196 floatplanes. Similiar floatplanes were on many BBs (on certain smaller vessels, too), the original idea in the pre-radar time was to use them to recon ahead of the ship, and, to serve as spotter for the main artilerry. They kept serving in this role, though.

berg417448
11-02-2007, 06:39 PM
Some Curtiss SOC photos and info:
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/ac-usn22/s-types/soc-s.htm


I seem to recall that someone made some missions or maybe a campaign for this game that simulated some launches of the floatplane version of the Zero from a Japanese warship.

Rood-Zwart
11-02-2007, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by berg417448:
I seem to recall that someone made some missions or maybe a campaign for this game that simulated some launches of the floatplane version of the Zero from a Japanese warship.

Terrific campaign by Zeus-Cat found here (http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads&file=details&id=95)on M4T.

Skycat_2
11-02-2007, 10:44 PM
I recall that Hurricanes were installed on battleships in the North Atlantic. When a threat appeared the pilot would launch, fly out to meet the enemy and then return to the fleet. However, with no carrier to land on his only option was to ditch and hope that he was pulled out of the water before he died of hypothermia.

luftluuver
11-02-2007, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by Skycat_2:
I recall that Hurricanes were installed on battleships in the North Atlantic. When a threat appeared the pilot would launch, fly out to meet the enemy and then return to the fleet. However, with no carrier to land on his only option was to ditch and hope that he was pulled out of the water before he died of hypothermia.
That would be merchant ships, not BBs.

Look up Cam ships.

woofiedog
11-03-2007, 12:09 AM
Someone a while back setup a decent mission for an aircraft take off from the Tirpitz or other of the games ships. I think it's a Hurricane.

He had the aircraft set just above the deck at the start of the mission.

I'll see if I can find it.

Skarphol
11-03-2007, 03:46 AM
The german heavy cruiser BlŁcher was sunk in the DrÝbak narrows on the night to april 9th 1940 during the early hours of germanys occupation of Norway. She is resting upside down in about 60-120m depth. Divers who went down to her a few years ago to drain her for oil found that the hangar contained a reasonably complete Ar-196. Don't think there are any left of those in the world..

Skarphol

csThor
11-03-2007, 03:53 AM
There is one surviving example of the Ar-196 in Bulgaria which was restored in the 1990s. It had suffered badly under the communist regime, though.

Zeus-cat
11-04-2007, 12:36 PM
nvrsummer2,

Check out my Stright Shot and Straight Into an Icy Hell campaigns. You fly the floatplane version of the Japanese Zero in these two campaigns. Many of the missions start with you being catapulted off of the Japanese Heavy Cruiser Hashimoto. You intercept enemy aircraft and do recon/light ground attack in most of the missions.

Dunkelgrun also made a campaign where you fly obsolete Hurricanes off of merchant ships. These aircraft either had to fly to a nearby airstrip or ditch next to the convoy after attacking the enemy. Here is a link:
http://www.flying-legends.net/

woofiedog
11-04-2007, 01:01 PM
Zeus-cat... Thank You for posting these missions. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Thank's