But this presents other problems as well. For instance can the fighters get off the shorter decks of the BCV's with drop tanks? How many drop tanks are you carrying?neil hilton wrote:Fighters can be fitted with drop tanks and used as recon planes.
Multicrew aircraft do a better job of scouting. How long can they wait? If you don't know a raid is incoming (ie you haven't spotted the actual raid) scrambling your airgroups is a waste of fuel and may leave you more vulnerable.So the BCV force could detect the BB and CV. Assuming they do, as well as assuming the CVs scouts detect the 2 BCVs, then the 2 BCVs full airgroups can be scrambled and waiting.
During WWII, especially prior to good air detection radar the CAP you had aloft was likely to be all the CAP you got when a raid came in. You simply don't have time to launch a bunch of planes and get them to effective altitude if you can see the attackers from your ships.The hypothetical scenario I posted could be interpreted as either a full single airstrike or as two or three lesser strikes over the course of a day (the point being if one side does it one way the other side can do so to, fairs fair).
Because it will slow them down and make them more vulnerable to follow up raids and eventually the opposing BB. Furthermore by haveing flight decks and aircraft fueling and arming facilities the BCVs will be more suseptable to both bomb and shell damage.If the BCVs have a similar construction and armour to a BB as I originally posited (as an example) how can a single torp hit cause serious damage when it wouldn't do so to a BB?