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- Feb 26, 2015
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Taiho was ordered as part of Maru 4 fleet expansion program. She was a compromised design, mating an armored flight deck to a Shokaku size hull, resulting in lower freeboard an reduced hangar capacity. The first, prewar, draft of the subsequent Maru 5 plan included 3 more armored carriers of a different and larger design, called G14. The final wartime Maru 5 plan had provisions for 5 fleet carriers of a slightly enlarged and improved Taiho type, called G15 whose construction was never started because of the critical shortage of steel and manpower in wartime Japan. I was searching data of the secretive G14 project only to find a displacement of about 50000 ton, making it basically the Japanese equivalent of USN Midway class and planned RN Malta class. Also I find some scan from a Japanese magazine that seems to (I don't read japanese) report a length of 300 meters and a width of 35 meters and mention of two different proposal: one for a kind of super Taiho, the other for a flush deck carrier intended to be equipped with twin engine attack aircraft. I am honestly totally incapable to judge the credibility of this magazine and I would like your help.