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  • War has broken out on a remote corner of the world.

  • U.

  • S.

  • Forces rushed to respond but the US Navy's aircraft carriers, the tip of the spear of the american military might will take at least a week to get on station.

  • Allied forces are in desperate need of air support.

  • Now modern military aircraft can end a war in days versus an unprepared phone from bases in the U.

  • S.

  • And Germany massive Boeing 7 40 sevens lift off one by one.

  • These are some of the largest planes ever built.

  • Specially modified 7 40 sevens developed for the US air Force with an airlift capacity of a whopping 454 tons.

  • These massive planes wheel in the sky, turning their noses toward their final destination.

  • The skies over what could turn into World War Three if the United States can't stop the conflict before it spirals out of control.

  • As 10 of the lumbering jets approach hostile skies, enemy long range radar easily picks them up and fighters are dispatched to intercept the massive planes are slow, relatively speaking and are easy prey for incoming fighters.

  • The enemy pilots can't believe their luck.

  • The Mighty U.

  • S.

  • Air Force's basically serving up fat, juicy targets on a platter for them.

  • Suddenly a cargo bay door opens on the front of the plane.

  • A small fighter jet, approximately three quarters of the size of an F 16 is pushed out on a conveyor belt.

  • The plane plummets straight down as its engines flare to life and the pilot eases the stick back to level out.

  • A little over a minute later a second plane is pushed out of the american 7 47.

  • In 15 minutes, the 10 7 40 sevens have disgorged their entire complement of 10 fighter aircraft.

  • Each.

  • The enemy is suddenly facing a flight of 100 american fighters.

  • Small nimble and not as heavily armed as traditional fighter jets.

  • These small fighters are nonetheless a lethal force.

  • Not only do they have superior numbers on their side but their small sizes and stealth features make them incredibly difficult to accurately target at long range and with enough weapons and fuel on board their mothership the last for days.

  • They can stay on station for nearly a week, giving traditional U.

  • S.

  • Forces more than enough time to arrive.

  • The concept might sound like something straight out of science fiction or an Avengers movie, but the airport carrier concept has actually been something seriously considered by US military planners for five decades now.

  • However, this is nothing new and the legacy of the airport aircraft carrier dates back to practically the dawn of flight itself.

  • Within years of the first successful flight at Kitty hawk militaries around the world are already pressing airplanes in the service.

  • While balloons had been in widespread use for years as excellent surveillance platforms, they were slow, unreliable and easily destroyed.

  • Zeppelin solved many of these problems but faced a host of their own issues, including the fact that his anti air artillery improved.

  • They became a massive liability.

  • Airplanes however, were fast and agile and could cover great distances.

  • They were the perfect scouting tools, but aircraft were inherently limited in their range and getting them quickly to where they were needed.

  • Most was difficult.

  • They required extensive ground based support, including a functional airfield close to the front and safe supply lines to transport volatile gasoline and other materials needed to keep them in flight.

  • An airborne aircraft carrier would solve all the problems.

  • It could bring its own supplies with it anywhere it went and it could outpace even the fastest naval aircraft carriers.

  • Even more importantly, they could go where navy ship couldn't go inland.

  • Various nations toyed around with the idea of launching aircraft from dirge doubles, including the United States and great Britain.

  • The US even modified two dirigibles to carry, launch and recover aircraft.

  • The launching was relatively simple.

  • Each plane would be dropped from the belly of the ship, falling until it gained enough airspeed to generate lift, a wild ride for sure, but a relatively safe one, recovering aircraft, however, was something else entirely.

  • First, there was no way to build an actual runway on top of a dirigible though the idea was brainstormed instead the best way to recover aircraft was through a mechanism that would hook the aircraft and reel it up sort of like a trapeze.

  • This required a pilot with nerves of steel who would have to slow his plane down to match the speed of the much slower dir jubal.

  • This risk stalling the plane out, which would cause it to lose lift and crash and to add to the difficulty the parasitic fighters were purposefully built, small and lightweight and in any amount of turbulence they'd be thrown around dramatically.

  • Despite these challenges.

  • American airships, akron and making both proved that the flying aircraft carrier using a dirge Herbal was actually feasible.

  • Both ships conducted several successful launches and recoveries of their parasitic fighters and the concept was gaining traction in the 19 thirties, however, dirigibles were notoriously finicky aircraft and a number of very high profile accidents, including the total loss of the Akron led the U.

  • S.

  • Navy to focus its efforts elsewhere.

  • However, the airborne aircraft carrier concept had worked.

  • The idea would once more find fertile ground in the minds of war planners during World War two, especially in the first half of the war, Allied bombers flying deep into Germany were getting routinely mauled by fighters and the luftwaffe, a new, that allied fighters could only provide air cover for about half the journey.

  • Therefore, they simply waited well outside of the allied fighters range, ready to pounce on the big bombers as soon as their escorts were forced to turn back it was a slaughter and for a while air crews had the shortest life expectancy of any job in the allied military.

  • In the pacific, the dream of airborne carriers will allow the U.

  • S.

  • Forces to strike hard and deep into Japanese territory, completely outmaneuvering Japan's surface naval forces.

  • However, there were other priorities for already tight military budgets.

  • And despite the promising tests of the concept in the 19 thirties, the idea was shelved.

  • The concept would be resurrected in some form or another.

  • For the next few decades though, no significant progress was made in the mid to late sixties, though many of those World War two veterans who had dreamt of flying aircraft carriers once more resurrected the idea again.

  • The idea was pitched out of sheer necessity, America's massive fleet of strategic bombers had the range to hit any soviet target from bases in the U.

  • S.

  • But America's fighters could never keep up with the big bombers.

  • If conventional or nuclear war were to break out, the B 50 two's would be basically on their own as they crossed the arctic circle and into hostile airspace.

  • But what if defending aircraft could be carried into battle alongside them?

  • One idea proposed attaching a fighter or two to each bomber aircraft, in essence allowing each aircraft to carry their own fighter escort with them and launch where necessary.

  • However, the complicated equipment needed for recovery was nearly impossible to fit onto a bomber without serious modifications that would jeopardize its primary mission of dropping bombs.

  • Fighter escorts would basically be forced to fend for themselves once they were detached and believe it or not, the idea was briefly considered for the all important nuclear bomber fleet.

  • The pilots sacrifice was acceptable to many military planners that needed to ensure nukes landed on soviet targets as needed.

  • The more realistic solution though, involved the single aircraft specially modified to carry parasitic fighters internally.

  • The fighters would be smaller than a traditional fighter aircraft as they would need as large a fuel load.

  • Their small size would also limit their payloads, but with the plane's dedicated solely to air superiority, they'd be able to pack enough of a punch to threaten any fighters.

  • Such an aircraft had already been designed and flown back in World War two and the years immediately after the most famous of being the XF 85 Goblin, This tiny fighter would have indeed been a terror in the sky as it's incredibly small size, gave it great maneuverability and speed and made it a frustratingly small target for enemy fighters.

  • The new airborne aircraft carrier would be based around a modified Boeing 7 47.

  • This allowed the parasitic fighters to be slightly larger than the goblin and thus carry more fuel and weapons.

  • The fighters would be stowed internally on an upper flight deck and a conveyor belt system would move them onto an elevator, which would lower them to the lower flight deck where another conveyor would once more push them toward the front of the aircraft.

  • Once they're a ramp door would open in, the fighter would simply be pushed out with a deployment time of about 80 seconds.

  • The 7 40 sevens, entire complement of 10 fighters could be airborne in just about 15 minutes.

  • Once it was time to recover the aircraft, another ramp door would open in the rear, then a hook would be extended and the incoming fighter would hook itself very similar to how aircraft conduct modern area.

  • We're fueling operations.

  • Then the parasitic fighter would be reeled in placed on a conveyor belt and moved inside.

  • Each.

  • 7 47 could carry enough fuel and weapons for multiple sorties.

  • Each and airborne refueling planes could keep the mother ship in the air for days at a time, if needed.

  • The only limitation was the physical endurance of the mother ship's engines.

  • While not on a mission, the crew of the parasitic fighters could relax in their own cabins with a full galley, able to cook hot meals on demand.

  • In the seventies, the technology was there and the launch and retrieval systems had already been proven multiple times in the past.

  • So why didn't airborne aircraft carriers happened first, aircraft designers would have to make a decision on what to prioritize with the parasitic fighters themselves.

  • Should they prioritize weapons capability, fuel storage or radar.

  • A small aircraft means sacrifices would have to be made.

  • As the technology had not yet miniaturized components enough to make micro fighters that can enjoy adequate amounts of focus on all three areas.

  • The threat had also changed.

  • While in the forties and fifties, most air to air paddles were still carried out with guns.

  • By the seventies, heat seeking and radar guided missiles were the preferred weapon.

  • Soviet fighters had both good long range missiles and powerful radars and while in the past, its tiny size would have made it a difficult target to hit with guns.

  • Now, the micro fighters, small size was a liability that limited its ability to carry adequate long range radar equipment in a face off against soviet fighters.

  • The micro fighters would've been swatted out of the sky like nets.

  • But big planes were becoming increasingly vulnerable themselves and the primary threat was no longer the fighter.

  • But rather the anti air missile.

  • These telephone pole sized missiles could be shot from dozens even hundreds of miles away and a single one could take out a bomber.

  • Micro fighters wouldn't just be useless in this scenario but the airborne carrier itself would be a massive liability with the loss of 10 fighter pilots in the entire airborne carriers crew.

  • If one was shot down, the price was simply too high.

  • However today the concept is once more gained some resurgence but this time the U.

  • S.

  • Isn't looking at launching micro fighters or at least not traditional micro fighters.

  • Today, the United States is testing a weapons program it calls Gremlins.

  • The concept is simple.

  • A C 1 30 Hercules aircraft outfitted with an entire fleet of small, remotely controlled or automated drones.

  • Each drone would have a different job.

  • Some would be dedicated to air superiority, taking on enemy fighters directly.

  • Others would be for scouting or reconnaissance.

  • While others yet would be used to spoof or jam enemy radars and communications.

  • Some would even be launched in suicide attacks against ground targets.

  • With each C 1 30 capable of carrying dozens of drones.

  • The concept of the airborne carrier is finally taking a step out of fiction and into reality.

  • But how close is this to actually being reality?

  • Well, a lot closer than you might think as the program has successfully deployed and recover drones while in flight details are still scarce as the U.

  • S.

  • Is keeping a very tight lid on what might be truly a game changing way of waging future air war.

  • But the writing is on the wall in a future conflict it may no longer be the U.

  • S.

  • Navy who's the tip of the american military spear but specially designed U.

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  • Air Force mother ships traveling anywhere in the world within hours and discouraging hundreds of combat drones against enemy air, sea and land forces.

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