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Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 12:45am

USN Airship Aircraft

Several different aircraft are used on board the various airships in service with the US Navy. The primary defensive fighter is the Curtiss F15C Skyhawk, a small single engine monoplane armed with four machine guns. The primary bomber/reconnaissance platform is the Douglas SBD-1Z, a heavily modified version of the standard Navy dive bomber. It lacks built-in landing gear, having simple gear that can be jettisoned after take off from a ground base and is often fitted with a large belly fuel tank for extended recon missions. A variant of the OS2U Kingfisher is also used, both with and without floats. It's primary use is as a utility "boat" for ferrying crew or cargo, as well as air-sea rescue when equipped with floats. The Kingfisher is also used in the anti-submarine role, carrying depth charges or spotting targets for the airship's own depth charges.

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Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 1:02am

Curtiss F15C Skyhawk

Wingspan: 29 ft
Length: 23.75 ft
Height: 6.5 ft
Wing Area: 142 ft²
Empty weight: 2,079 lbs
Loaded weight: 2,618 lbs
Engine: Ranger V-770 500 hp
Crew: 1
Armour: none

Max speed: 230 knots (265 mph)
Range: 360 nm (415 miles)
Service ceiling: 19,850 ft
Rate of climb: 2,559 fpm

- 2 × 0.50cal MGs in cowling

(Stats by Brockpaine & CanisD using Planebuilder)

The primary embarked fighter aboard the Navy's airships.

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