How Just 1 Simple Design Flaw Sunk an Aircraft Carrier

May 15, 2018 8:15 am nationalinterest.org
How Just 1 Simple Design Flaw Sunk an Aircraft Carrier

Either way, Taiho would be more advanced — and beautiful — than any Japanese carrier to that point, and in theory capable with her steel flight deck of withstanding greater punishment while launching up to 84 aircraft. However, by 1944 the IJN trimmed down her compliment to 77 planes — 27 fighters, 27 dive bombers, 16 torpedo bombers and three reconnaissance planes. She was also heavy, with a higher proportion…

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