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    Quote Originally Posted by Dante View Post
    Wasn't there a WW2 Japanese design for a submarine- carrier? Or was it a carrier that could submerge?
    Maybe these guys are on to something and everyone else is not thinking outside the box? It sounds very useful for..a..something..
    Actually rather a lot of designs for submarine carriers. The Japanese used them most extensively, though usually for recon. One example had a small plane on board in kit form. It was assembled at night when the sub surfaced (there were numbers in luminous paint on the joints), flown for recon missions & then I think landed on or nesr the sub where it was taken down again for later use. One of these planes made at least one flight over parts of Melbourne & then on another flight it went over Auckland in NZ.

    The big carrier subs were remarkable things for the time. If japan had been less obsessed wiht flying useless planes off them & more interested in their potential just as subs they might have actually had some use.

    Classic 'truth is stranger than fiction' stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella View Post
    The big carrier subs were remarkable things for the time. If japan had been less obsessed wiht flying useless planes off them & more interested in their potential just as subs they might have actually had some use.
    If they had used them to launch license built V-1s, it would have been interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Worley View Post
    If they had used them to launch license built V-1s, it would have been interesting.
    Subs with missiles? So Americans were 'naive' for waiting another ~10 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanker View Post
    Why can't we have some whiny Iran supporters in this forum? Jussaskin' :D
    Iranian regime supporters you mean. Whiny or other wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Worley View Post
    If they had used them to launch license built V-1s, it would have been interesting.
    Or maybe some Ohka's; they already have a relatively small wingspan, which means it would probably fit in the hanger on an I-400-class submarine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch View Post
    Or maybe some Ohka's; they already have a relatively small wingspan, which means it would probably fit in the hanger on an I-400-class submarine.

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    I recall seeing photos of one of these taken apart, it had a tubular main spar, - so the wings could probably have been removed to stow it on one of those subs.
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    C'mon guys, everyone knows that this was in operation back in 1980....


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    Here is a Utube clip about Japanese I-400 class secret Submarine aircraft carrier, and its destiny after WW2.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5-ijBs8iJA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch View Post
    Or maybe some Ohka's; they already have a relatively small wingspan, which means it would probably fit in the hanger on an I-400-class submarine.

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    Yeah, that, too. Would have been more damaging because the 'guidance system' was better.

    I went with the V-1s because they were operational earlier.

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