Cyagen wroteColon54 planes (3x18 planes) seems to me like the upper realistic limit, let stretch it to 60 for pulp purposes.
72 planes is pushing it very hard, even for a 2 000 ft long Zep (600 meters).
Thom wroteColonThough for those so inclined I suppose that something like a collapsible glider could be designed, and given the love of Zeps in the CS universe, perhaps they are already in wide, but unspoken, service.
Thom wroteColonThose whacky ole Brits had a pretty clever idea with this one, though to be fair it was conceived by an Aussie! Perhaps we would see it appear first on British and/or Aussie owned Zeps, but I can envision something of that nature eventually becoming a universal standard!
Grant wroteColon However, I do agree on the importance of Naval vessels. I sorta view zeppelins as "In addition" rather than "Instead of".
Jester wroteColon. . .<Snip!> I wonder if you could tow one away after hitting it with a harpoon rocket... <Snip!>. . .
Thom wroteColonThere will never be a zep that can carry as many planes or as much fuel and munitions for a sustained fight as a surface carrier can. Zep's do have a very real speed and terrain advantage, but really, those are their only clear benefits. As for manufacturing and operating costs? Well I am not convinced. . . Perhaps in initial cost the zep might be cheaper to build, but when looking at the cost over the operational life of the vehicle in terms of the cost per ton per mile? I don't think the zep can ever come close to the surface carrier!
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