From: Beijing, China - Paris, France
Aye, found the actual reference to Dickson's article in Warship International. Took the liberty to browse Warship International and get my hands on very interesting stuff (thank you my University, for allowing me access to Jstor ). I was actually reading that just a few minutes ago, great synchro . I'll check again with Shattered Sword, but I should really start to use post-its, otherwise I'll just miss that sort of info. Great thanks for pointing this out.
Besides, it is funny that you mention the 2fps speed for the Lexingtons, because it is exactly what I just found out in another Warship International (CV-2 "Lex" and CV-3 "Sara", by Richard M. Anderson and Arthur D. Baker N4/77:291). The 1fps figure could also be, I suppose, the result of heavier loads later on during the war - the article does mention the weight of a 6-ton load for a 2fps figure, and says that planes, by 1944, had "outstripped the capabilities of her lifts. Break-downs became frequent despite almost continual tinkering and strengthening: the elevators were just too overworked". It is true in theory that a Helldiver together with deck hands manipulating it (a good additional 800-1000kg?) would go a bit over this limit if it got somewhat refueled in the hangar deck - but knowing arming is mostly done on the flight deck, this explanation is a bit strange. At any rate I don't quite see how a Hellcat would go over this 6t limit. An Avenger much more so, but then it is strange to say that limitations started to appear only by 1944...
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