The history of naval aviation is full of different methods of getting aircraft into the fight. The aircraft carrier is the safest and most efficient means of taking fixed-wing air power to sea, but that has not stopped navies around the world from trying unorthodox or even desperate methods—airships, submarines, merchantmen, and even a direct sea-takeoff method all were tried and ultimately rejected. Ironically, some of these past failures could soon return, riding the coattails of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) revolution.
Bring Back the Airship Aircraft Carrier?
By Kyle Mizokami