This page offers a glance at the operational history of
selected US aircraft carriers during the 1963-1967 AAC time frame period (and a
few years before that period) in order to identify the aircrafts which are
operational by then, or should be "cheated" beyond their expiration
date, a clear example of which being the fantasy F7U-4 Cutlass. But more
about USN aircrafts later (see: US Carriers Aircraft Complement)
First the aircraft carriers themselves, whitout taking their detailed aircraft
complement in consideration as this subject is treated separately.
First, AAC will restrict itslef to the Essex class vessels rebuilt to Scb 125
standards. There only motive behind this restriction is ...
simplification. As shown in the table below, other (larger !)
carriers were commissioned during the 1960s, but besides the higher number of
aircrafts on board, they bring little in the perspective of the game, with the
following aircraft types then not available :
||AAC ID : F4H1B and F4H1P
||: a short lived nuclear bomber and a (famous) recce aircraft
||AAC ID : A3J1A and A3J3C
||: a two seat fighter and its recce equivalent - famous but ...
||AAC ID : A2F1A
||: a two seat bomb truck
This makes the F4D1, F3H2, and F8U2 the main USN fighters in
AAC (not forgetting the cheated F7U4), that's not too much of a
loss. Then, with the A3D2 having flown operationally from Essex
carriers - and these were not small aircrafts ! - cheating the
"missing" planes on an Essex deck could still be considered. It
is suggested not.
Carriers either were classified as "attack" (CVA), "anti-submarine
warfare" (CVS), or
vessels - this role is color coded in the table. While AAC is
thus restricted to the Essex class, this table also mentions other types for the
sake of identifying their total numbers and respective patrol areas, with the
purpose of this survey being to make carriers available in the North and South
Atlantic in realistic quantities.
In the summary below, their area of patrol is associated with the year, even if
cruises never exceeded a few months with some being as short as a few
weeks. The table below does not offer this level of precision, but a more
detailed cruises summary is available on this page : US Carriers
Detailed Cruises Table.
So this table offers an overview of carriers availability and main patrol areas,
with the following acronyms being used :