Yesterday I published an article about the (in)famous ‘toilet paper shortage’ affecting the submarine USS Skipjack during World War II. In response, reader Kay K. sent me this newspaper clipping from shortly after the war, showing a unique way to use aircraft to help maneuver a large aircraft-carrier in confined waters. He apologizes for not remembering which newspaper carried it, but recalls that it was published in mid-1946. (Click the image for a larger view.)
I have to agree with Captain Baker that it would probably do the aircraft engines no good at all! Still, it’s a very interesting idea. I wonder if jet thrust would serve the same purpose on one of today’s supercarriers? I suspect the thrust would overcome the resistance of the brakes and propel the aircraft across the deck, long before it could affect the movement of the ship (which is much larger and heavier than a World War II-vintage aircraft-carrier). Perhaps those who’ve served aboard modern aircraft carriers could let us know what they think in Comments?