But what I don't understand is why have a rail and turntable system when you have the crane to load and move the cranes?
Seems a bit redundant. I assume with a crane, the planes could be placed in any position needed until placed on the catapults.
Also were the catapults designed to be swung over the edge of the deck for takeoff or were they to stay in place and there was enough clearance from the aft turrets for the planes to fly?
: there is a catapult at each side, the
: floatplanes were mounted on rail trolleys
: and used the rail system and turntables to
: move around the deck.
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: Help! I think I've contracted Ibuki fever!
: IJN Ibuki, that is. And below are the
: results. This is the original design for
: IJN Ibuki as a heavy cruiser, as shown in
: LaCroix and Wells "Japanese Cruisers of
: the Pacific War". When the need for new
: aircraft carriers became crucial, Ibuki was
: redesigned as a CVL, but was never
: completed, ending the war parked in a
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