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2018-01-06

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AAC™  AIRCRAFT  CARRIER  CLASSES

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AUDACIOUS
AUDACITY
COLOSSUS
FOCH
INDEPENDENCE
SANGAMON
ESSEX
OREL
KIEV
RESOLUE
FEARLESS
MOSKVA

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AIRCRAFT  &  HELICOPTER  CARRIERS  CLASSES

 
The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat
 
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INTRODUCTION

There are thus several aircraft carriers intervening in AAC™, and while there are singletons, most are regrouped in classes.  Within AAC™, these "classes" should be understood as "similar designs" rather than identical as there could be differences between individual.  Those differences are loosely inspired by the real ships after which they are named  -  click on the class name for further details.

GENERAL SUMMARY & TIME TABLE

The Table offers a short overview of the various classes referred to and the actual lifespan of the ships involved against the AAC™ time frame.  When appropriate, ship sales/transfers, either historical or fictional, are marked with the corresponding flag.

Only the main aircraft associated in AAC™ with these carriers are shown here.  For reasons of convenience, real aircraft names are mentioned while AAC™ aircraft are designs inspired by  real life equivalent and bear totally different identifications and names.  When appropriate, aircraft references are spread on more than a single line.  Reasonably verified historical information is shown in blue, fantasy data in black, and fantasy aircraft in red.

VTOL Carriers

VTOL fighters now part of AAC™, dedicated carriers are there to allow these to operate out at sea.  There are five types of VTOL aircraft in the game :

EFW30** Sperber mimicking the VAK-191B in several fantasy land based variants (may nevertheless operate from Swedish carriers)
VJF101N Busardo

mimicking the VJ-101, it's a prize aircraft available from the Argentinian aircraft carrier

HKFGA20 Kestrel

mimicking the Harrier Mk1 with a HKFGN20 Sea Kestrel evoking a fictional radar equipped naval variant

YK36A10 Freeland

mimicking the Yakovlev 36 Freehand in a combat-capable variant

YK38A10 Forcer

mimicking the Yakovlev 38 Forger, in the form of a prize aircraft associated with Soviet VTOL carriers

Helicopter Carriers

Not initially scheduled in Atlantic Air Combat™, they are the result of a wish : to have helicopters available in the game, not just in the form of background elements like those scheduled to perform Plane Guard and Rescue duties but as another form of "flyable" aircraft.  So, various helicpter types are scheduled for inclusion in the game. The consequence of which is the inclusion of dedicated helicopter carriers as the inclusion of VTOL carriers is the consequence of the presence of (naval) VTOL aircraft in AAC™, notwithstanding the fact that both may naturally also operate from any conventional platform.

In terms of visual representation, the Moskva, Jeanne d'Arc and Fearless classes being very similar, they could be represented by a single design in AAC™, and the Jeanne d'Arc is retained.

AAC™ Classes
Audacious :

HMS Victorious actually was an Illustrious class ship and HMS Hermes was a Centaur.  In AAC™, these are mentioned here under the Audacious  class for reasons of expediency and all four ships will share a similar design.

Audacity :

a fantasy design inspired by the Vosper Thornycroft Harrier Carrier 1975 project (to handle the VTOL FGN2 Sea Kestrel)

Centaur :

two of which are dedicated to handle helicopters and vintage aircraft - these ships are moved into other AAC™ classes

Colossus :

The AAC™ Colossus class contains both the original Colossus and Majestic* ships and three Centaurs.  Several are fictionally transfered (Chile, Cuba, Norway, South Africa, Sweden).  In AAC™, a single design is declined in 3 variants :
  with a 8ฐ angled deck (Majestic AAC™)
  with a 4ฐ angled deck (Colossus AAC™)
  with a 4ฐ angled deck  (Centaur AAC™)  (helicopter carrier)

Thus, in Atlantic Air Combat™, HMS Centaur, HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, un-modernized Centaurs in real life, will be represented as a Colossus lookalike design.

Foch :

a representation of the French Foch and Clemenceau aircraft carriers

CVE / CVL :

a fantasy rebuilt Sangamon (CVE) is regrouped with Indenpendance class carriers (CVL) as their respective CAGs are partly made of foreign Naval Air; the rebuilt  Sangamon and the Independences are however very different ships and two separate classes in AAC™

Essex :

the only class of US aircraft carriers in AAC™, thus excluding the Midway (1945), Forrestal (1955) and Kitty Hawk (1961) classes of non-nuclear supercarriers.  Twenty six Essex ships were launched, 24 commissioned, but only 18 are shown below :
– 15 ships donned with an angled deck, thus a single design for all US Navy carriers in the game
– 8 of which transformed into ASW platform (which may not necessarily be the case in AAC™)
– 1 of them being a training carrier
– 13 ships with a straight deck dedicated to helicopters and ... vintage aircraft

Orel / P85-1 :

a virtual materialization of a P85 Soviet project, operating navalized iterations of existing land based aircraft

Kiev / P1123 :

a post 1963-1967 design, its presence is a time cheat designed to  handle VTOL jets

Jeanne d'Arc :

a time frame compatible design and a direct consequence of the inclusion of helicopters in Atlantic Air Combat™.  The design is used to also represent the following ships :
  Moskva : a post 1963-1967 design and a time cheat adopted to provide a dedicated Soviet helicopter platform
  Fearless : close to a time cheat, also adpted to offer additional helicopter facilities associated with the Royal Navy

Audacious

Notes

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67

R05

Eagle

1951 1972 – –

–

– 8ื

SeaVixen

8ื

Bucaneer

8ื

Scimitar

1951 1972 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R09

Ark Royal

1955 1978 – –

–

– 8ื

SeaVixen

8ื

Bucaneer

8ื

Scimitar

1955 1978 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R12

Hermes

1959 1984 – –

–

– 12ื

SeaVixen

8ื

Bucaneer

–

1959 1984 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R38

Victorious

1941 1972 1950 1958

modernisation

– 8ื

SeaVixen

8ื

Bucaneer

8ื

Scimitar

1958 1968 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
Audacity

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Helicopter

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67

R03

Audacity

1975 1977 – –

VTHC Project

– 8ื

Kestrel

–

–

2ื

Sea Guard

    >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R04

Tenacity

1975 1977 – –

VTHC Project

– 8ื

Kestrel

–

–

2ื

Sea Guard

      >> >> >> >> >> >>
Colossus

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67

R16

Triumph

1946 1975 1956 1975

into repair ship

4ฐ 12ื

SeaFury

8ื

Firefly

4ื

TBM3E

1956 > > > > > > > > >

R61

Colossus

1946 1974 R95

Arromanches

4ฐ 12ื

Corsair

8ื

Helldiver

4ื

TBM3E

1946 1974 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

––

––

    R95

Arromanches

– 8ื

SeaVenom

–

–

4ื

Aliz้

1946 1974 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R63

Venerable

1948 1955 R81

K.Doorman

8ฐ 12ื

SeaFury

8ื

Firefly

4ื

TBM3E

1958 1968 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

––

––

    R81

K.Doorman

– 8ื

Seahawk

–

–

4ื

Tracker

1961 2001 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R31

Warrior

1948 1954 V1

Independencia

4ฐ 12ื

Corsair

8ื

SNJ5C

4ื

TBM3E

1959 1969 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

––

––

   

–

– 12ื

Hellcat

–

–

4ื

TBM3E

1959 > > > > > > > > >

R71

Vengeance

1955 1957 A11

Minas Gerais

8ฐ 12ื

Bearcat

8ื

Trojan

4ื

Tracker

1961 2001 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R62

Glory

1956 1957 A2

Gotland

8ฐ 4ื

Attacker

6ื

J-21RN

4ื

Gannet

1960 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

    A2

Gotland

– 4ื

Me.309T

6ื

J-21BN

4ื

Gannet

1960 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

   

–

– 4ื

Seafire.III

–

–

–

–

1960 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

   

–

– 8ื

VAK-191B

–

–

–

–

1959 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

   

–

– 4ื

Me.109T

–

–

–

–

1959 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

    A3

Lappland

– 4ื

Me.309T

6ื

J-21BN

4ื

Gannet

1961 > > > > > > > > >

R64

Theseus

1958 1958 A3

Lappland

8ฐ 4ื

Attacker

6ื

J-21RN

4ื

Gannet

1961 > > > > > > > > >

R68

Ocean

1962 1958 R01

Agulhas

8ฐ 12ื

Seafire.47

8ื

Firefly

4ื

TBM3E

1961 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

    R01

Agulhas

– 8ื

Etendard

4ื

Bucaneer

4ื

Aliz้

1961 > > > > > > > > >

R97*

Leviathan

1945 1959 R82

Oslo

8ฐ 12ื

Seafire.45

8ื

Firefly

4ื

TBM3E

1962 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

    R82

Oslo

– 8ื

SeaVenom

4ื

Wyvern

4ื

Gannet

1962 > > > > > > > > >

R76

Pioneer

1954 1956 R59

Revolucion

4ฐ 12ื

SeaFury

8ื

SNJ5C

4ื

TBM3E

1958 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

    R59

Revolucion

– 8ื

Mig.18PF

4ื

Mig.18SR

4ื

Be.7

1958 > > > > > > > > >

R51

Perseus

1957 1957 R41

Pacifico

4ฐ 12ื

Fireball

8ื

Trojan

4ื

TBM3E

1960 > > > > > > > > >

––

––

    R41

Pacifico

– 8ื

SeaVampire

4ื

Wyvern

4ื

Gannet

1960 > > > > > > > > >

R93*

Terrible

1949 1949 R17

Sidney

4ฐ 16ื

SeaFury

8ื

Firefly

4ื

TBM3E

1962 1973 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R77*

Majestic

1955 1955 R21

Melbourne

8ฐ 8ื

SeaVenom

–

–

4ื

Tracker

1955 1982 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R49*

Hercules

1957 1957 R11

Vikrant

8ฐ 8ื

Seahawk

–

–

4ื

Aliz้

1961 1997 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R36*

Magnificient

1948 1948 C21

Magnificient

4ฐ 16ื

SeaFury

8ื

Firefly

4ื

TBM3E

1948 1956 > > > > > > > >

R95*

Powerful

1952 1952 C22

Bonaventure

8ฐ 8ื

Banshee

–

–

4ื

Tracker

1957 1970 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

R06

Centaur

1953 1965 – –

–

4ฐ 8ื

SeaVixen

4ื

Scimitar

–

1953 1965 >> >> >> >> >> >> '65

R07

Albion

1954 1973 1961 1962
[ LPH ]

4ฐ 16ื

Whirlwind

or

Wessex or

8ื

Belvedere

1954 1973 >> – – == LPH == == == ==

R08

Bulwark

1954 1984 1958 1960
[ LPH ]

4ฐ 16ื

Whirlwind

or

Wessex or

8ื

Belvedere

1954 1984 – LPH == == == == == == ==
Foch

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67

R98

Foch

– – – –

–

< 8ื

Crusader

12ื

Etendard

4ื

Aliz้

1961       61 >> >> >> >> >> >>

R99

Clemenceau

– – – –

–

< 8ื

Crusader

12ื

Etendard

4ื

Aliz้

1963           63 >> >> >> >>
CVE-CVL

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
CVE26

Sangamon

1945 1948 C16

Sangamon

< 8ื

Pirate

4ื

Pirate

4ื

TBM3E

1958 > > > > > > > > >
       

–

  8ื

FJ1 Fury

4ื

Helldiver

–

                     
       

–

  8ื

FH1.Phantom

4ื

Helldiver

–

                     
CVL28

Cabot

1955 1955 C01

Dedalo

0ฐ 8ื

Pirate

4ื

Pirate

4ื

TBM3E

1955 > > > > > > > > >
CVL27

Langley

1947 1951 R96

La Fayette

0ฐ 12ื

Corsair

8ื

Helldiver

4ื

TBM3E

1951 1963 >> >> >> >> > > >
CVL24

Belleau Wood

1947 1953 R97

Bois Belleau

0ฐ 12ื

Hellcat

8ื

Helldiver

4ื

TBM3E

1951 1960 >> > > > > > >
Essex

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
CV09

Essex

1942 55|56 S125 1960
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1956 1969 >> CVS == == == == == == ==
CV10

Yorktown

1943 55|55 S125 1957
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1955 1970 == == == == == == == == ==
CV11

Intrepid

1943 56|57 S125 1961
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1957 1974 >> >> CVS == == == == == ==
CV12

Hornet

1943 56|56 S125 1958
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1956 1970 == == == == == == == == ==
CV14

Ticonderoga

1944 56|57 S125 –

–

<

–

–

–

1957 1973 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
CV16

Randolph

1944 55|56 S125 1959
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1956 1969 CVS == == == == == == == ==
CV16

Lexington

1943 53|55 S125 1963
[CVT]

<

–

–

–

1955 1991 >> >> >> >> > > >
CV18

Wasp

1943 55|55 S125 1956
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1955 1972 == == == == == == == == ==
CV19

Hancock

1943 56|56 S125 –

–

<

–

–

–

1956 1976 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
CV20

Bennington

1944 54|56 S125 1959
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1956 1969 CVS == == == == == == == ==
CV31

B.H.Richard

1944 53|56 S125 –

–

<

–

–

–

1955 1971 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
CV33

Keasarge

1946 56|57 S125 1959
[CVS]

<

–

–

–

1956 1969 CVS == == == == == == == ==
CV34

Oriskany

1950 57|59 S125 –

–

<

–

–

–

1959 1976 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
CV36

Antietam

1945 52|52 ฐ> 1957
[CVT]

<

–

–

–

1957 1963 == == == == > > >
CV38

Shangri La

1944 52|55 S125 –

–

<

–

–

–

1955 1971 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
CV21

Boxer

1945 1956 CVS 1959
[LPH4]

0ฐ 8ื

Kestrel

16ื

Mojave

8ื

Chocktaw

1959 1969 LPH == == == == == == == ==
CV37

Princeton

1945 1954 CVS 1959
[LPH5]

0ฐ 8ื

Kestrel

16ื

Mojave

8ื

Chocktaw

1959 1970 LPH == == == == == == == ==
CV45

Valley Forge

1946 1954 CVS 1961
[LPH8]

0ฐ 8ื

Kestrel

16ื

Mojave

8ื

Chocktaw

1946 1970 == == LPH == == == == == ==
Orel P85/1

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
711

Orel

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1958   > > > > > > > > >
712

Baikal

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1958   > > > > > > > > >
713

Beloye

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1959   > > > > > > > >
714

Brosno

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1959   > > > > > > > >
715

Bustakh

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1960     > > > > > > >
Kizi P85/2

Notes

'58

Aircraft

Aircraft

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
716

Kizi

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1961       > > > > > >
717

Ladoga

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1961       > > > > > >
718

Lama

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1962         > > > > >
719

Lovozero

–

–

–

–

Cheat carrier

< 24ื

Mig18KSP

8ื

Mig18KSR

8ื

Beriev.Be7

1962         > > > > >
Kiev

Notes

'58

Aircraft

–

–

Aircraft

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
811

Kiev

1975 1996

–

–

Time cheat

< 12ื

Yak 36C

or

Yak 38A

8ื

MiHound

1961 1996 > > > > > > > > >
812

Minsk

1978 1995

–

–

Time cheat

< 12ื

Yak 36C

or

Yak 38A

8ื

MiHound

1961 1995 > > > > > > > > >
813

Novorossiysk

1982 1997

–

–

Time cheat

< 12ื

Yak 36C

or

Yak 38A

8ื

MiHound

1962 1997 > > > > > > > > >
814

Baku

1987 2004

–

–

Time cheat

< 12ื

Yak 36C

or

Yak 38A

8ื

MiHound

1962 2004 > > > > > > > > >
Moskva

Notes

'58

Helicopter

Helicopter

Helicopter

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
911

Moskva

1967 1998

–

–

Time cheat

– 4ื

Yak 36C

or

Yak 38A

8ื

MiHound

1959 1998 > > > > > > > >
912

Leningrad

1968 1991

–

–

Time cheat

– 4ื

Yak 36C

or

Yak 38A

8ื

MiHound

1959 1991 > > > > > > > >
Jeann d'Arc

Notes

'58

Helicopter

Helicopter

Helicopter

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
R93

Resolue

1962 2010

–

–

Cheat sister

– 4ื

HSS-1

4ื

SA-321

1ื

SA-316

1961 2010     > > >> >> >> >>
R94

Jeanne d'Arc

1964 2010

–

–

Cheat pennant

– 4ื

HSS-1

4ื

SA-321

1ื

SA-316

1961 2010     > > >> >> >> >>
Fearless

Notes

'58

Helicopter

Helicopter

Helicopter

'59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67
L10

Fearless

1965 2002

–

–

Time cheat

– 4ื

Whirlwind

or

Wessex

or

Sea King

1961 2002     > > > >> >> >>
L11

Intrepid

1967 1999

–

–

Time cheat

– 4ื

Whirlwind

or

Wessex

or

Sea King

1962 1999       > > > > >
 
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