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An informational catalog, or several catalogs, about Aircraft carrier.

Ship classes and unique ships

Imperial Japanese Navy

United Kingdom

United States

Second World War

Large carriers

Cold War

Operatonal

New types

Aircraft

Imperial Japanese Navy

Russia

United Kingdom

United States

Second World War

Early jets and Korean War

Vietnam Era

  • A-4 Skyhawk [r]: Lightweight carrier-capable attack aircraft, really more a multirole fighter weighted toward bombing; originally designed for delivering single nuclear weapon; exceptionally maneuverable and used as an aggressor trainer; used by many nations [e]
  • A-6 Intruder [r]: Last carrier capable medium bomber, with significant range and all-weather capability giving excellent combat record from Vietnam on; aging airframes were to be replaced by the A-12 stealth bomber; greater use of precision-guided munitions may decrease the need for its large bombload, but range is still a consideration in its replacement by the F-18 Super Hornet and F-35C Lightning II [e]
  • E-2 Hawkeye [r]: Designed for the U.S. Navy and used by several other countries, this radar aircraft carries long-range airborne early warning and surface search radar, and has a modest force command & control capability, the latter enhanced by "virtual workstations" on linked ships [e]
  • EA-6B Prowler [r]: This is the main tactical electronic warfare aircraft of the U.S. military, highly effective although reaching the end of its service life through airframe exhaustion [e]
  • F8U Crusader [r]: Third-generation carrier-capable U.S. Navy air superiority fighter; more maneuverable but less versatile than F-4 Phantom II; primarily intended to use autocannon and limited dogfighting missiles rather than long-range radar [e]
  • F-4 Phantom II [r]: An extremely successful third-generation fighter, the first effective multirole fighter, which, even after its replacement as a first-line fighter, continued in reconnaissance and suppression of enemy air defense roles well into the 1990s. [e]

Generation 4-4.5

Current and future