New PDF release: Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

By Paul E. Fontenoy

Plane providers: An Illustrated heritage in their impression КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: ABC-CLIOСерия: guns and WarfareАвтор(ы): Paul FontenoyЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2006Количество страниц: 420ISBN: 1-85109-578-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 9.25 mb swift Ifolder zero

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The similarity of this design’s dimensions to those of the battle cruisers under construction and the prospect of these ships’ cancellation as a result of the upcoming international conference on naval arms limitations led to consideration of converting incomplete battle cruisers into aircraft carriers instead. When the terms of the Washington Treaty demanded the cancellation of all six battle cruisers, the United States negotiated an exception to the restriction on the 27,000-ton limit of the size of individual aircraft carriers to permit vessels converted from existing capital ships to displace up to 33,000 tons standard.

As a result, it featured the forward downward slope and longitudinal arresting gear of contemporary British practice. As completed, the Hosho carried a small island with a large tripod mast to starboard but these were removed very shortly after commissioning since they interfered too much with operations and also caused stability problems, and the ship was conned thereafter from a bridge at the front of the forward hangar beneath the flight deck. The provisions of the Five-Power Naval Limitation Treaty signed at Washington on February 6, 1922, allowed Japan to convert the incomplete hulls of two large warships scheduled for disposal under the treaty’s terms into large aircraft carriers.

The double hangars were 420 feet long and 60 feet wide under a 625-foot long flight deck. Aircraft capacity was similar to that of the Ryujo at forty-eight machines. The designers, however, failed completely to accomplish this project within the 10,000-ton size limitation applicable to cruisers—the design would actually displace some 17,500 tons. A second effort, “G8,” followed the next year. 1inch weapons in a twin and a triple turret on the forecastle, moved the hangars forward, extended the flight deck to cover the full length of the ship and included a very large overhang at the stern to bring its total length to 850 feet, and proposed a large vertical stack for the furnace gases, for the first time in Japanese carrier design.

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