A Brighter Future for Carrier Aviation
(See page 1177, November, 1953, Proceedings)
Rear Admiral Fitzhugh Lee, U. S. Navy.—Commander Gill and Commander Teel have written an interesting and informative article on carrier development and the gains to be expected from the introduction of canted decks in our existing and future carriers.
A thread of thinking runs through their well-told story which seems to be increasingly accepted as dogma throughout naval aviation. It is well expressed in this quote: “Aircraft designers have been forced to compromise in the past to fit the aircraft to the environment of the carriers; but to continue to base aircraft design on the capabilities of the carriers of World War II is unsatisfactory and unsuitable. It is mandatory that the Navy have aircraft whose performance criteria are equal to, or better than, those of land based aircraft.”
To take exception to the seemingly obvious statement expressed in the last sentence may put me in the class of those who are in favor of sin and against mother-love. I’ll accept the risk and venture a comment.