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#1 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 06:53 PM

The UK's last operational aircraft carrier is on its way to Turkey to be scrapped. We do have two more but they won't be accepted into service until about 2020, and then there is a question as to whether or not there will be any aircraft for them to carry  as there are question marks over the availability of the American F-35 at that time. The F-35 vertical lift version being the only suitable aircraft as somehow or other BAE designed and built these carriers without catapults.

 

There is a solution !  It has been suggested that an aircraft, designed and first flown in the 1930's, could be put back into service. This aircraft is cheap, stealthy (low radar returns), easy to maintain, an excellent record as a ship killer if not as an air superiority fighter, and will delight MickinPlymouth !

 

Ladies and gentlemen - I give you the Fairey Swordfish. See

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/17/solution_to_navy_harpoon_missile_withdrawal_problem/

 

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