Most of the history section could easily be cut and pasted into an article on aircraft carriers. The section does not have sufficient information on the history and development of aircraft suited for carriers. --Zeamays (talk) 01:19, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
Since there has been no response, I deleted most of the carrier-centric material and added a statement regarding the necessity of specialized aircraft to operate from carriers. --Zeamays (talk) 18:04, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
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Aircraft encompass rotorcraft as well as fixed wing craft. This article doesn't seem to cover rotorcraft
Shouldn't this article cover rotor craft as well?TeeTylerToe (talk) 12:26, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
Should the C-130 JATO experiments be mentioned? And per Dave, if you take that reasoning, any airplane that can take off or land in 1,000 ft would be listed in this article. Antonovs, pipers, etc.TeeTylerToe (talk) 10:33, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Not all carriers are 1000 feet long. As to the C-130 and U-2 experiments, they could be mentoned in the article, if it's properly sourced. Not sure why the push on helicopters, though. The article deals primarily with fixed-wing aircraft. - BilCat (talk) 11:54, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Not aware of any Antonovs being flown from carriers, though the Piper L-4 was flown from converted landing ships... and in the same vein, several DHC-5 Buffalos were flown experimentally from carriers, testing out various engine layouts (which led to the YC-14 and 15) and an inflatable undercarriage for landing anywhere. I think they all should be listed, but clearly indicated that it was a limited number of aircraft strictly for experimental purposes. Helicopters are a different matter - they were initially excluded because any helicopter can land on a ship, and many not otherwise considered naval helicopters have done so - the list would degenerate into an almost indiscriminate list of helicopters, though that doesn't mean a seperate list of naval helicopters isn't possible.NiD.29 (talk) 05:22, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
If this article were carrier-based airplanes then confining it to airplanes and excluding helicopters would make sense, although it would pose a problem for fence-sitters like the v-22. But this article is titled carrier based aircraft, and helicopters make up a large portion of carrier-based aircraft. Navalized helicopters deserve a proper mention, particularly carrier specific helicopters such as AEW helicopters. Someone argued that theoretically any helicopter could land on a carrier, so if AEW helicopters are allowed in carrier-based aircraft, then all helicopters must be listed, to which I replied, then, by that logic, all STOL Antonovs and pipers and other planes that could land on a supercarrier would have to be listed. And it's interesting that you use the term fixed-wing aircraft, although I suppose that term means non-rotating wing aircraft rather than non-folding wing aircraft. I don't think that a overly burdensome different number of helicopters have landed on helicopters, and I'm not looking to list every helicopter type that has ever landed on any carrier, for instance, I think that there have been the odd instance when an o-2 cessna has landed on a carrier with refuges, and things like that. When I look at an article about carrier based aircraft I would like to see a list of carrier based helicopters. Specific, navalized helicopters that have officially served for significant periods of time in formal carrier aviation squadrons. When reading about carrier-based aircraft I'd like to know how the UK developed AEW helicopters as a result of the falklands. I'd like to read about russian AEW helicopters. I'd like to read about what helicopters operate off french carriers, and the carriers of other navies.TeeTylerToe (talk) 13:11, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
The main problem I see is that most carrier based aircraft require special modification or abilities not general to all aircraft to be able to operate from carriers, including provision for catapult launches and arrested landings as well as a heavier, stronger structure to handle the greater stresses of landing on a pitching deck, and this page should be about those specific traits and the development of them rather than being a list of the aircraft types that have been operated from ships, as there is already a List of carrier-based aircraft (partially and pointlessly duplicated here). Helicopters on the other hand do not require any modifications to operate from ships of any kind, although many use wheels instead of skids to facilitate movement, have more extensive anti-corrosion measures and may use special equipment to help them land, such as the Beartrap (hauldown device). If you add helicopters, dirigibles will also need to be added as they too were operated from the decks of ships, and that then brings in kit balloons, which operated from many of the earliest aviation vessels, which, if ignored will give this article an excessive bias toward current practices.NiD.29 (talk) 20:02, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
Most carrier based helicopters have modifications for their use on carriers such as folding rotors, sometimes folding tails, as well as modifications to address salt-water corrosion and such. Adding dirigibles and other carrier aircraft would be a good addition to this page.TeeTylerToe (talk) 18:33, 23 November 2013 (UTC)