We had Flying Aircraft Carriers. What Happened?

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In the first half of the 20th century we had flying aircraft carriers, and they were airships. So what happened?





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this video was worth the wait it is a great video

Author — Alex halo

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The footage of the two sailors falling is disturbing.

Author — FreshSauerKraut

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"Aircraft carrier plane." "Built by Russians." Of fucking course it is.

Author — MoreThanJustASloth

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now this is what I want in my recommended

Author — jurj

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Whoever was able to say "I served on a flying aircraft carrier." is the coolest person ever.

Author — DJ Programer

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The two Sailors falling made me feel so bad. Imagine being the one to make it, watching two of your friends fall. Scary stuff.

Author — Jacob Sappington

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the two sailors falling is very chilling and sad

Author — Doggo Doge

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Seeing the sailors falling and freaking out made my fucking heart stop... Poor bastards

Author — Pinko Vega

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Actually, flying aircraft carriers, or "motherships" as they were actually called were still in use during the Cold War, although, instead of a dirigible, you'd have a big plane carrying one or two smaller fighters. This entire process was made obsolete however, because now we have in air refuelling. Meaning the only advantage the flying carrier would have is for in air repairs, but if you're on land, you're almost never far enough from either an air field or a field to land in to justify these things.

Author — Jake Tyler

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Man all those poor sailors they fell :(

Author — Synth 06

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"Scared the living daylights out of the British"
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I see what you did there.

Author — Bond and Beyond

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2:02 "they scared the living daylights out of the British" - anyone who has heard the phrase "Kirov reporting!" knows how they felt

Author — Ventrue Himself

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The footage that you have playing while your talking is great, i didnt even know their was footage of this kind of stuff

Author — Kyle Gross

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Wait until the 23'rd century. Flying Aircraft Carriers come back with Vertibirds and power armour

Author — Josh Rice

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I'd like to see a universe where these were a success and more widely used. Imagine how much bigger air warfare would have been throughout history. Not that it hasn't been big, but with flying aircraft carriers the war for the skies could have changed the outcomes of so many conflicts.

Author — superllamaking

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Crimson skies, i blew up alot of zepplins full of planes. That's why they dont use them any more.. Sky pirates

Author — Silentvoid x

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4:04 That must've been fucking terrifying.

Author — Cyberboi

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"That's some nice technology you got there. It would be a shame if someone used it!" -America.

Author — Martis Endrell

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This reminds me of the Crimson Skies game always thought it was just fiction

Author — AnarchistAaron

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Holy carp, so much Crimson Skies nostalgia. I never knew this was even possible, let alone that it happened. I just wrote that off as swashbuckling sci-fi. There really needs to be more done with that franchise. RIP Fasa.

Author — frobie54