CV-XX (003 carrier) Thread I ... News & Discussions


Higgle

Junior Member
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So basically more space in hangar for maintenance without port elevator? Does it affect sortie rate/time?

It depends on the elevator size, speed, and the hangar layout. The Nimitzs have 4 elevators but clearly that was a little excessive so they adjusted that to 3 for the Fords.

Part of it has to do with US carriers having smaller airwings compared to before. Whereas you can theoretically stuff each CVN with 80+ aircraft, moving them around the ship becomes a nightmare, and they realized they were better off downsizing to ~50 where each aircraft has adequate space for maintenance, handling, etc. With fewer aircraft on board, you don't need 4 elevators to toss to and from the flight deck at breakneck pace.

The 003 having 2 elevators is a little bit strange, considering that if one of them were disabled or malfunctioned, it would cut its sortie rate in half. But assuming they both worked properly, and that each elevator is large enough to fit two fighters, it should be sufficient. And also unlike USN carriers, there are only 3 catapults to launch from, not 4, so that is an existing constraint to sortie rate that perhaps 2 elevators can quite readily meet. After all, it doesn't make sense to have only 3 catapults, but also 3 or 4 elevators that can shuttle planes onto the flight deck faster than they can be launched.

If they are confident enough in their elevators, they can always run them a little faster to compensate for having only 2 of them. Overall, 2 elevators running speedily delivering aircraft to 3 catapults, should be about as effective as the Ford's 3 perhaps less speedy elevators delivering aircraft to 4 catapults, in terms of sortie rate.
 

Hendrik_2000

Brigadier
Via chinese tiger Any comment?

The left elevator is here.

CVN-78

78.png


003

003.jpg
 

Intrepid

Captain
Is the third elevator visible in this image?
The image is to blurry to clearly say there is or there isn't an aircraft elevator on the port side. It is even to blurry to say there are two elevators on the starboard side. But the aircraft on the starboard side parked as aircraft positioned on an elevator.

Somewhere in this thread or forum exists a very early sketch of 003 with three catapults and two elevators. Who draw this sketch, should have seen a better version of the blurry image.
 

Totoro

Captain
VIP Professional
Via chinese tiger Any comment?

The left elevator is here.

CVN-78

78.png



003

003.jpg

I think the "hole" is just the wall of the hull. As we saw from the sat photos, two ledge pieces are installed but a gap remains between them, for anothe ledge piece to be installed. Without that piece, for now, there is this appearance of something there. But in fact the color of the area is the same as any other part of the non-ledge hull.
 

Intrepid

Captain
That seems to be too low on the side of the ship to be an elevator opening. The bottom of the elevator opening should be no lower than the hanger deck.
The opnening of an elevator reaches one deck lower than the hangar deck:

Aircraft elevator.jpg

The doors of the opening are at hangar deck level, but not the visible opening in the outer hull.
 

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