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  1. This is a historical discussion forum. It would make no sense to say "nobody is allowed to talk about Ironclads because no one here has first had experience." In order to discuss something, something must be spoken.
  2. Oh the video goes into all the concepts, including the bonkers wing docked fighters on the bomber.
  3. Royeaux

    Top Gun...for ships

    I remember an episode of Magnum PI where the cast were stranded on the Hawaiian Island of Kahoʻolawe which the USN used for live-fire gunnery training and as a bombing range. Mock-ups of airfields, military camps, and vehicles were constructed on Kahoʻolawe, and while pilots were preparing for war at Barbers Point Naval Air Station on Oʻahu, they practiced spotting and hitting the mock-ups at Kahoʻolawe. Similar training took place throughout the Cold War and during the War in Vietnam, with mock-ups of aircraft, radar installations, gun mounts, and surface-to-air missile sites being placed across this island for pilots and bombardiers to use in their training. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahoolawe#Training_grounds
  4. So it would be like trying to maneuver a 24 pack of soda on top of a gun. I can easily carry one of these with two fingers, with both hands it's easy to manipulate.
  5. Royeaux

    *Serious* CVs need new nick name.

    Out of respect to those suffering from cancer, we will rename the star constellation "Crabs"
  6. Their air force has Russian and Chinese planes. So yes, they had Russia and China has suppliers. And apparently the US had been selling spare F-14 parts to the public until 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6315957.stm
  7. Well these non-military actors don't seem to be having that much trouble. But then again they might be using blanks. -shrug- This navweap site says these Tracer rounds only weigh- 0.55 lbs. (0.25 kg) x 15 = 8.25 lbs + Empty Magazine. http://www.zhanliejian.com/navweaps/WNJAP_25mm-60_mg.htm
  8. They also have Russia and China as alternate suppliers. The whole go to war with your supplier thing is suppose to be an immediate effect on logistics. The French went into WWI with 94% of their shells manufactured by Germany. The result was catastrophic, with France sustaining more casualties in those opening weeks then any other nation for the entire war. If it's something minor as Iran, well they had plenty of time to switch suppliers and reverse engineer their stuff.
  9. Matter in the way that it was an inconvenience to their airforce. They're still using those F-14s today.
  10. If going by the Yamato movie, those magazines only took 3-6 seconds to reload individually. Fumbling would arise with trying to load 3 magazines at once on the triple mount but on a single gun,but I could easily see a single gun mount hitting 110 practical rpm, especially if it's a ground mount being used as an anti-tank gun. The bigger problem the Yamato movie demonstrated was that getting all those magazines on deck, the guns would run dry because they ran out magazines. And the empty magazines would just take up an enormous amount of space on deck which the crew had to navigate while carrying those giant magazine crates on their backs.
  11. To quote wikipedia "The Royal Navy judged the pom-pom's effectiveness to range from about half that of the Bofors, per gun, against torpedo planes to about equal against Kamikaze attackers. It was a ubiquitous weapon that outnumbered the Bofors gun in Commonwealth naval service up to the end of World War II and it shot down many Axis aircraft. Later innovations such as Remote Power Control (RPC) coupled to a radar-equipped tachymetric (speed predicting) director increased the accuracy enormously and problems with the fuses and reliability were also remedied. The single mountings received a reprieve toward the end of the war as the 20 mm Oerlikon guns had insufficient stopping power to counter Japanese kamikaze aircraft and there were insufficient numbers of Bofors guns to meet demand." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QF_2-pounder_naval_gun#Wartime_use If your talking about Force Z, the pom-poms did not have tracer ammunition and the pom-pom ammunition had deteriorated badly in its ready use lockers, while the Type 282 radar units also failed in the equatorial heat. They found out that AA guns firing tracer were far more effective at intimidating enemy bombers making attack runs and thus Force Z not having tracer ammunition significantly allowed the Japanese Bombers to not even see the incoming AA fire, which let the pilots stay calm and make more precise bombing runs.
  12. While not used against the US, I do see your point. However I'm certain the US can find more reliable nations to sell a Nimitz to than Iran.
  13. Royeaux

    The US Navy has a problem

    While I might agree that this is ruining Hollywood, they aren't exactly hurting for skilled workers there.
  14. Royeaux

    The US Navy has a problem

    I'll preface this by saying I'm not terribly qualified to comment on this, but it does seem to me that the US military lacks the social mobility seen in civilian life. And that I would think that of the 1% out of the 29% that are interested in joining the US Military, they aren't doing it for the money.
  15. In 1931 and 1935, the US Navy experimented with the Aircraft Carrier Concept with the USS Akron and USS Macon. In the early 1970s, Boeing conducted a study under a contract from the USAF for an airborne aircraft carrier for up to 10 Boeing Model 985-121 "microfighters", with the ability to launch, retrieve, re-arm, and refuel the microfighters. Boeing believed that the scheme would be able to deliver a flexible and fast carrier platform with global reach, particularly where other bases were not available. Modified versions of the 747-200 and Lockheed C-5A were considered as the base aircraft. The concept, which included a complementary 747 AWACS version with two reconnaissance "microfighters", was considered technically feasible in 1973.