Sunday 19 Aug 2018 | 04:51 | SYDNEY
Sunday 19 Aug 2018 | 04:51 | SYDNEY

Friday funny: Aircraft carriers

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

18 January 2008 15:12

If you thought the Australian aircraft carrier debate died with the scrapping of HMAS Melbourne in 1982, you haven't seen the design for the Navy's recently-ordered amphibious ships.  That ramp you see at the front of the flight-deck is known as a 'ski-jump', and is designed for the sole purpose of launching short-take off jets like the Harrier or the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. At present, there are no plans to operate any aircraft other than helicopters from these 230 metre-long ships. But it was considered too expensive to remove the ramp from the ship design, which does leave an opening for the return of fixed-wing carrier aviation to the RAN. Those opposed to such a move might try to win the argument through reason and deduction and logic. If that fails, they could try mockery: