the aircraft carriers are immense, anyhow to land and take off the planes use steel cables. How long should they actually be to remedy this?
thanks to all of you.
- JetDocLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Aircraft carriers use high pressure steam powered catapults to LAUNCH airplanes. They use steel cables to capture and stop airplanes on landing. The largest aircraft carrier in the world has a deck length of approximately 1100 feet.
The F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet needs a clear, dry runway of at least 5000 feet to land safely WITHOUT using arresting cables.
- Vincent GLv 71 month ago
There are two ways that an aircraft carrier could be made smaller:
- have airplane able to take off and land in shorter distance. Usually than means that they should be able to fly slower, perhaps even to take off and land vertically.
- have the aircraft carrier able to reach an air speed high enough that he goes as fast as the plane need to go. That would require rather interesting technology to have a ship go 100+ knots.
- FanManLv 51 month ago
Without catapults and arresting gear the ship would have to be a mile long or more. Nobody has ever built a ship that big or even proposed such a thing.
- StarryskyLv 71 month ago
You want a longer carrier with no landing cable restraint or takeoff catapult? Try 9 times longer.
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- Anonymous1 month ago
They need to be long enough to stop the planes before they run off the end of the flight deck.