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- Sep 6, 2006
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True I would envision dropping the Lighter hangar and gantry at the stern to make run down a little more aerodynamic.From a pilot’s perspective trying to land on Unicorn was far from ideal due to her Aircraft Maintenance Ship origins. The shape of her hull and flight deck aft generated wind shear effects on aircraft crossing her stern. It has been described as like “dropping off a cliff”.
Agreed, too short really and I can see the Admiralty wanting more length then finding its too heavy so chopping a hangar deck then slimming the hull, the arguing about the 4.5in guns, then how many accelerators, making it wider again, still too heavy, remove some armour, and hey presto an overweight Colossus emerges.I don’t know if chopping the upper hangar deck to give her a lower profile would help with the airflow or not. But the shorter flight deck length impacts on the ability to operate the USN style “deck load” strikes that became a feature of RN carrier warfare from 1944 and especially so with heavier aircraft.
Or the temptation to lengthen and keep the double hangar deck and end up with something like an intermediate lesser-armoured I-series ship, probably can't be built quick enough either way.