Djoser wrote:dunmunro wrote:Britain, faced with possible invasion simply couldn't spare the resources to develop FAA aircraft in a more timely fashion, and this had exactly NOTHING to do with the prewar status of the FAA...
Again we have this curious notion you are apparently espousing, with firm resolve, that the FAA would have been not one tiny bit better had it been fully supported and financed (or barring that, maybe in existence at all), during the inter war period. .
The numbers and type of aircraft in the FAA was a by product of the capacity and capability of the RN's carriers. The number and capability of the carriers was a by product of the development of the RN from about 1916 and the funding that the RN received prior to about 1936,and after that date the RN's expansion was limited only by Britain's industrial capacity. Prior to 1936, expanding the FAA meant contracting some other part of the RN. By 1937 the RN had more fleet carriers under construction than either the IJN or USN, and by Dec 1941, the RN would have had more fleet carriers than either the IJN or USN and would have had comparable numbers of embarked aircraft with equal or superior capability. The fact that the FAA was not allowed to expand to this size, had NOTHING to do with the pre-1937 status of the FAA. There is simply no connection between the pre-war status of the FAA and the outbreak of war in 1939, other than the fact that the entire UK defence establishment had been starved for funding prior to 1936.