Interestingly enough, one of the very few country bar the USA (and Israel !) which bought KC-97s was Spain, in the 70's they were passed half a dozen for aerial refueling of their diverse fast jet fleet, Phantom included.3. Aerial refueling capabilities, KC-97 turboprops?
I wonder if there were enough reserve buoyancy for a small angled deck on the CVLs? Or perhaps it’d be cheaper for Italy to complete the third Clemenceau?Would be fun to have Dedalo, Lafayette and that italian carrier sailing side by side: all three were Independance class. France also had a fourth one, Bois Belleau / Belleau wood.
There were nine Independence class: one was lost at Samar (Taffy 3 heroic stand) another got nuked in 1946.
Of the seven left France got two, Spain got one only much later (the French ones were gone by 1964, Dedalo come in 1967). So Italy would have five left to chose between, as did Spain.
The British had sixteen Colossus / Majestic, the USN had seven Independence left and also Wright and Saipan. On paper at least that's 25 fast CVL / escort available post WWII. Plus some hundred slow and small "jeep carriers": Sangamon, Casablanca...
Same goes for the airforce occasionally. 1933-36's Denain was a former advisor in Poland so he never witnessed French airforce developments, so he was quite incompetent. He was also following Douhet's ideas without really understanding them and only chose sycophants. The whole BCR debacle would probably not have been as disastrous with someone else.The above reminds me of 3rd Republic France also affected by maddening political instability.
This had consequences at every level including the military, before 1914. How many times was a decent defense minister swept away by a government collapse and replaced by a new one that happened to be a perfect idiot ?
From the top of my head - one example was related to the early years of the submarine force.
To make a long story short, the Jeune école cataclysm luckily did not touched submarines, and circa 1900 France was really a leader in the field, partly thanks to a passable Navy minister. And then... the government fell, a new one come including a very dumb navy minister, and by bad luck it lasted three years... and the nascent submarine fleet was crippled with ill-suited designs (Mariotte, nicknamed: "the tooth brush" thanks to its wrong shape.)