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2017-12-23

AIRCRAFT  CARRIERS  &  CARRIER  AIR  GROUPS  (CAG)

V2


See also : Aircraft Carrier Classes Aircraft Carriers Equipment
US Carrier Cruises Skins for FSX type carriers (decks, etc)
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1. Introduction
Aircraft carriers are an essential tool in the game.  While in real life the US carriers have spoiled the image of what these ships are really meant for, within the game, carriers will used for a wider range of missions:

air defense of the fleet
antishipping warfare
antisubmarine warfare

search and rescue
reconnaissance
attack on land based targets

The period of time chosen for the game (1963-1967) has been identified for various reasons pertaining to the types of aircrafts available but one of the key motives is that during this period, there was a maximum of aircraft carriers used by a wide variety of nations.  While carriers are naturally associated with the USA, UK and France, during the mid sixties Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, the Netherlands and later Spain were also operating this type of ships

Still, this wasn't enough to make the game interresting...   In order to make the game a bit more fun to play with, several cheats have been incorporated:

Providing USSR with conventional aircraft carriers
In 1954, Secretary General Krutchev of the USSR rejected "Project 85" which intentend to provide the USSR with Essex-type carriers.   Well, the game is reverting this decision and the USSR is thus provided with half a dozen of these P85 carriers, plus a few more with enhanced blue water capacities

The air componant has been chosen in accordance with what is known about Soviet intentions of the time : a navalized version of the MiG 17, here in its most sophisticated variant)

The uquibitous MiG15-UTI has been imagined in a navalized format for pilot training and familiarization, again in its most sophisticated iteration

Because of its supersonic performances and twin engine format, it has been considered conceivable that the MiG19 could have beneficated from the same navalization programme

Although not consistent with the time frame, the MiG19/SM12-PM (which in real life gave birth to the MiG21) has been retained as a fantasy aircraft again based on the twin engine equipment of the plane

Providing more non-aligned countries with aircraft carriers
Among non-NATO Nations, some had equiped themselves with indeed quite serious weaponery, even developping their own aircraft industry.  Maybe some of these countries were considered as allies to NATO, but were they really ?

For the benefit of the game, it has been imagined that Sweden and South Africa took advantage of UK getting rid of their Colossus carriers, had them modernized and acquired aircrafts relinquished by the the FAA.

For instance, allocating the Supermarine Attacker ( with the Ekco radar pod) to Sweden allowed the type to be incorporated into the game.

So, let's imagine that R64 HMS THESEUS, R62 HMS GLORY, R68 HMS OCEAN, reached their fantasy customers instead of ending infamously..

Providing real air combat componants to aircraft carriers otherwise dedicated to antisubmarine warfare
In real life, both Spain and Brazil had acquired carriers essentially for antisubmarine warfare, ressorting to helicopters.

Then, the Dedalo could hardly operate modern jets, and the Brazilian Navy had to make do with a polictical decision removing fixed winged aircrafts from them.

In the context of AAC, Spanish will bed "offered" two carriers and aircrafts consistent with the actual limitations of their ships.

As regard the Brazilan carrier, AAC will revert the decision removing fixed wing aircrafts from the Navy, and provide aircraft types consistent with the geopolitical balance maintained in this part of the world.

Carrier Classes
Besides United Kingdom and France, who operated specific designs which will be imitated as closely as possible, the game involves three carrier classes : 

Essex Class
While the United States already operated larger or even "super carriers" since the mid 1950s (cfr: the Forrestal and Kitty Hawk classes) AAC is exclusively referring to the Essex class carriers.  None were exported.

Orel Class
Somewhat similar to the US Essex class, the P85/Orel class was a project of the Soviet Navy rejected by SG Kroutchev.  It is thus set alive in the game as a unique Soviet class of carriers.  None supposedly exported.

Clemenceau Class
After using carriers borrowed or purchased abroad in the 1940s/50s, France developped their own design the Clemenceau Class.

Various
United Kingdom relentless design development lead them to operate a variety of ship classes - an apparently less streamlined situation.

Colossus/Majestic Class
Whith the Majestic only being a refined version of the Colossus, all ships will be considered as a single design with only minor differences between them.  Widely exported, it is thus present with various navies

R16

Triumph

V1

Independencia

R95

Arromanches

A11

Minas Gerais

CV21

Magnificient

R41

Pacifico - cheat

CV22

Bonnaventure

R59

Revolucion - cheat

R81

Karel Doorman II

R01

Agulhas - cheat

R82

Oslo - cheat

R17

Sydney - cheat

A02

Gotland - cheat

R21

Melbourne

A03

Lappland - cheat

R11

Vikrant

These various "cheats" will allow you, the gamer, to go through most events, either from a NATO, USSR or Neutral point of view without being deprived of the fun of operating aircrafts from the middle of the ocean...

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Note-1
game types of aircrafts operated by each AC to involve a "progress" in the course of the game (major AC operators only)
in the table below, click on the icon to access illustrations or either on for additional notes
in a couple of cases, Aircraft Carriers operate aircraft from more than a single "operator" - the national flag in front of the list of aircrafts identify them
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Note-2
Aircfraft information below is definitely ... temporary - Please Disregard this part for the moment (2012.06.03).   But if you read it....
Mentions in blue  : historical
Mentions in black : hopefully plausible, but just playing with ideas
Mentions in red    : cheat aircrafts, either the type (eg: F6U) or the operator (eg: South Africa) or the carrier/aircraft association (eg: R17 Sidney)
So called "prize aircrafts" is a different matter : these will be "fun" aircrafts to be gained in the course of the game; some may have "outstanding" performances but
  the main purpose will be fun, like the possibility to fly the XF5U Pancake or the XFY1 Pogo
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AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

Trainer Fighter Attack Recce Bomber ASW/SAR COD AEW PGR
-                                
R16 Triumpth Colossus                    
1945
1962
Extended
service life
 

~

SNJ5C

16×

FB11

16×

G13F5

---

------

---

------

TBME

 1×

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-                          
R06 Centaur Centaur                    
1953
1972
Possibly excluded
from AAC™
 

~

SNJ5C

---

------

---

------

---

------

---

------

GAS4

 1×

GCD4

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R07 Albion Centaur                    
1954
1973
Possibly excluded
from AAC™
 

~

SNJ5C

---

------

---

------

---

------

---

------

GAS4

 1×

GCD4

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R12 Hermes Hermes                    
1959
1974
----  

~

SNJ5C

12×

SeaVx

12×

Bucan

---

------

---

------

GAS4

 1×

GCD4

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R38 Victorious Illustrious                    
1957
1968
----  

~

SNJ5C

---

------

---

------

---

------

---

------

GAS4

 1×

GCD4

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R05 Eagle Audacious                    
1951
1972
up to 45  

~

SNJ5C


–––
12×

TYPE
–––––
FAW2

12×

Wyv


–––
12×

TYPE
–––––
Bucan

---

------

GAS4

 1×

GCD4

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R09 Ark Royal Audacious                    
1955
1978
----  

~

SNJ5C

12×

SeaHk

12×

Wyv

---

------

---

------

GAS4

 1×

GCD4

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R95 Arromanches Colossus                    
1946
1974
26 aircraft
Alt.Fighter
Alt.Fighter
 

~

SNJ5C
–––––
CM175

12×

F4U5N
F6F5N
F8F2N

---

------

---

------

SB2C

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HSS1

-                          
R96 La Fayette Independence                    
1951
1963
26 aircraft
Alt.Fighter
Alt.Fighter
 

~

SNJ5C
–––––
CM175

12×

F4U5N
F6F5N
F8F2N

---

------

---

------

SB2C

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HSS1

-                          
R97 Bois Belleau Independence                    
1951
1963
26 aircraft
Alt.Fighter
Alt.Fighter
 

~

SNJ5C
–––––
CM175

12×

F4U5N
F6F5N
F8F2N

---

------

---

------

SB2C

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HSS1

-                          
R98 Clemenceau Foch                    
1961
1997
----  

~

SNJ5C
–––––
CM175

F8U2C

12×

M48M

M48R

---

------

Alizé

Alizé

Alizé

SA316

-                          
R99 Foch Foch                    
1963
2000
----  

~

SNJ5C
–––––
CM175

F8U2C

12×

M48M

M48R

---

------

Alizé

Alizé

Alizé

SA316

-                          
PA26 Sangamon Sangamon Visitor             Visitor        
1955
1972
12 aircraft

~

SNJ5C

F6U2C

---

------

F6U2P

---

------

---

------

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F6U2C

---

------

F6U2P

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F1H1C

---

------

F1H1P

---

------

---

------

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F1H1C

---

------

F1H1P

SB2C

---

------

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-                          
PA01 Dedalo Independence Visitor             Visitor        
1955
1972
12 aircraft

~

SNJ5C

F6U2C

---

------

F6U2P

---

------

---

------

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F6U2C

---

------

F6U2P

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F1H1C

---

------

F1H1P

---

------

---

------

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F1H1C

---

------

F1H1P

SB2C

---

------

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-                          
CV21 Magnificient Majestic                    
1948
1957
Extended
service life
 

~

SNJ5C

16×

FB11

---

------

---

------

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-                          
CV22 Bonaventure Majestic                    
1957
1970
----  

~

SNJ5C

16×

F2H3

---

------

---

------

---

------

S2F1

T1F1

W1F2

HH34

-                          
R17 Sidney Majestic                    
1955
1982
Extended
service life
 

~

SNJ5C

16×

FB11

---

------

---

------

---

------

GAS1

GCD1

GAE3

HH34

-                          
R21 Melbourne Majestic                    
1955
1982
----  

~

SNJ5C

A4D5

---

------

---

------

---

------

S2F1

T1F1

WAF2

HH34

-                          
R81 Karel Doorman Colossus                    
1948
1968
----  

~

SNJ5C

SeaHk

---

------

---

------

---

------

S2F1

T1F1

WAF2

HH34

-                          
R82 Oslo Colossus                    
1962
---
----  

~

Sk19

J23AN

J21RN

---

------

---

------

GAS1

GCD1

GAE3

HH43

-                          
A2 Gotland Colossus                    
1959
---
----  

~

Sk19

J23AN

J21RN

---

------

---

------

GAS7

GCD9

GAE8

HH43

-                          
A3 Lappland Colossus                    
1961
---
----  

~

Sk19

J23AN

J21RN

---

------

---

------

GAS7

GCD9

GAE8

HH43

-                          
R11 Vikrant Colossus                    
1961
1997
----  

~

SNJ5C

SeaHk

---

------

---

------

---

------

Alizé

Alizé

Alizé

SA316

-                          
R01 Agulhas Colossus                    
1961
---
----  

~

SNJ5C

12×
–––

FR47
–––––
M48M

OR
–––

-
–––––
Bucan

M48P

---

------

TBME
–––––
Alizé

TBMR
–––––
Alizé

TBMW
–––––
Alizé

HH05

-                          
V1 Independencia Colossus                    
1959
1968
----


–––

SNJ5C
–––––
F9F8T

12×
–––

F4U5N
–––––
F9F5E

---

------


–––

F4U5N
–––––
F9F5P

---

------

S2F1

T1F1

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F6F5N

---

------

F6F5P

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-   Prize   FJ101                
-   Prize   AG33N                
-                          
A11 Minas Gerais Colossus                    
1960
2011
----


–––

T28C
–––––
F9F8T

12×
–––

F8F2N
–––––
F9F6E

---

------


–––

F8F2P
–––––
F9F6P

---

------

S2F1

T1F1

TBMW

HH34

-   Alternate CAG

~

SNJ5C

F6F5N

---

------

F6F5P

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-                          
R41 Pacifico Colossus                    
1960
---
----  

~

SNJ5C

12×

F1R4N

---

------

---

------

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

HH34

-                          
R59 Revolucion Colossus                    
1958
---
----


–––

SNJ5C
–––––
Mg18U

12×
–––

FB11
–––––
M18U

---

------

---
–––

------
–––––
F9F6P

---

------

TBME

TBMR

TBMW

Mi.4

-                          

AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

Trainer Fighter Attack Recce Bomber ASW/SAR COD AEW PGR
-                          
CV09 Essex Class                    
1956
1969
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F2H4

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV10 HYorktown Essex                    
1955
1970
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F2H4

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV11 Intrepid Essex                    
1957
1974
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F2H4

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV12 Hornet Essex                    
1956
1970
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F2H4

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV14 Ticonderoga Essex                    
1957
1973
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F2H4

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV15 Randolph Essex                    
1956
1969
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F9F8

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV16 Lexington Essex                    
1955
1991
Remains an
active carrier
beyond 1963
 

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F9F8

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV18 Wasp Essex                    
1955
1972
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F9F8

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV19 Hancock Essex                    
1956
1976
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F11F1

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV20 Bennington Essex                    
1955
1970
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F9F8

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV31 Bon Homme Richard                    
1955
1971
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F4D1

12×

A4D5

F9F8P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV33 Keasarge Essex                    
1957
1970
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F7U3

12×

A4D5

F7U3P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV34 Oriskany Essex                    
1957
1976
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F3H2

12×

A4D5

F7U3P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV36 Antietam Essex                    
1954
1963
Remains a
training carr.
beyond 1963
 

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

~

any
US

~

any
US

~

any
US

~

any
US

~

any
US

~

any
US

W1F1

HH02

-                          
CV38 Shangri La Essex                    
1954
1971
----  

~
~
~

SNJ5C
T2J1
F9F8T

48×

F8U3

12×

A4D5

F8U3P

A3D2

S2F1

T1F1

W1F1

HH02

-   Prize   F5U2                
-   Prize   F10F                
-   Prize   F1Y1                
-                          

AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

Trainer Fighter Attack Recce Bomber ASW/SAR COD AEW PGR
-                          
711 Orel P85 - Orel                    
1960
---
----  

~
~

YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
712 Baikal P85 - Orel                    
1960
---
----  

~
~

YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
713 Beloye P85 - Orel                    
1961
---
----  

~
~

YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
714 Brosno P85 - Orel                    
1961
---
----  

~
~

YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
715 Bustakh P85 - Orel                    
1962
---
----  

~
~

YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
716 Kizi P85/2 - Kizi                    
1963
---
----  

~
~

YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
717 Ladoga P85/2 - Kizi                    
1963
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YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
718 Lama P85/2 - Kizi                    
1964
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YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-                          
719 Lovozero P85/2 - Kizi                    
1964
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YK09
M18U

12×

M18P

12×

M18S

12×

M18R

IH28N

Be07

IH28C

×

Ka25

×

Mi.04

-   Prize   M20P                
-   Prize       M20R            
-                          

VTOL

CARRIERS

Trainer Fighter Attack Recce Bomber ASW/SAR COD AEW PGR
-                          
R03 Audacity Audacity                    
== Fantasy VTOL
carrier
 

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FGN2

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HH34

-                          
R04 Tenacity Audacity                    
== Fantasy VTOL
carrier
 

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FGN2

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HH34

-                          
811 Kiev Kiev                    
1975
1996
Time cheat for
a VTOL carrier
 

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12×

Yk38

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Ka25

Mi.04

-                          
812 Minsk Kiev                    
1978
1995
Time cheat for
a VTOL carrier
 

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12×

Yk38

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Ka25

Mi.04

-                          
813 Novorossiysk Kiev                    
1982
1997
Time cheat for
a VTOL carrier
 

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12×

Yk38

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Ka25

Mi.04

-                          
814 Baku Kiev                    
1987
2004
Time cheat for
a VTOL carrier
 

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12×

Yk38

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Ka25

Mi.04

-   Prize   Yk36C                
-                          

HELICOPTER

CARRIERS

Trainer Fighter – – – ASW/SAR HH # 2 AEW PGR
-                          
911 Moskva Moskva                    
1967
1998
  Time cheat for
a VTOL carrier
 

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Yk38

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Ka25

Mi.04

-                          
912 Leningrad Moskva                    
1968
1991
  Time cheat for
a VTOL carrier
 

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Yk38

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Ka25

Mi.04

-                          
R93 Jeanne d'Arc Jeanne d'Arc                    
1964
2010
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HSS1

SA321

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SA316

-                          
R94 La Résolue Jeanne d'Arc                    
1964
2010
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HSS1

SA321

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SA316

-                          
L10 Fearless Fearless                    
1965
2002
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HSS1

HH03

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HH34

-                          
L11 Intrepid Fearless                    
1967
1999
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HSS1

HH03

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HH34

-                          
-