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17th Sep '17 2:36:55 PM ElSquibbonator
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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite vehicles piggybacking on larger ones, and many of the RealLife examples are actually more like this than full-fledged "aircraft carriers".

As listed below, [[TruthInTelevision this one was attempted several times in real life]]. The best-known examples have been [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships,]] which are also the only thing stable enough to link with the planes, not to mention have the lift and size necessary to house internal aircraft hangars, making them inherently suited for these sort of operations. Large airplanes have also been used, however in many cases it has proven to be too difficult for the aircraft return to the mothership to be considered [[AwesomeButImpractical practical,]] often resulting in the deaths of test pilots that tried and/or damage to both airplanes. Storage is also an issue; the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XF-85_Goblin Goblin,]] for example, was ridiculously squat in order to fit inside a bomber plane, making it largely useless as a fighter. The previous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_F9C_Sparrowhawk Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk]] (the planes flown from the Navy airships) was a biplane and already obsolescent at the time it entered service, and its light armament (two rifle-calibre machine guns) would have been completely useless by the time it would have been called upon to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII - fortunately, the plane was out of service by then, retired with the loss of its carriers. However, the only "airborne aircraft carriers" (actually more like parasite airplanes) ever to see real combat [[http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/363321/350wm/V3200240-Soviet_bomber_with_parasite_fighters_1935-SPL.jpg were airplane-based]], and were used by the Soviet Union during World War II.

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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite vehicles aircraft piggybacking on larger ones, and many of the RealLife examples are actually more like this than full-fledged "aircraft carriers".

As listed below, [[TruthInTelevision this one was attempted several times in real life]]. The best-known examples have been [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships,]] which are also the only thing stable enough to link with the planes, not to mention have the lift and size necessary to house internal aircraft hangars, making them inherently suited for these sort of operations. Large airplanes have also been used, however in many cases it has proven to be too difficult for the aircraft return to the mothership to be considered [[AwesomeButImpractical practical,]] often resulting in the deaths of test pilots that tried and/or damage to both airplanes. Storage is also an issue; the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XF-85_Goblin Goblin,]] for example, was ridiculously squat in order to fit inside a bomber plane, making it largely useless as a fighter. However, the Soviet Union [[http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/363321/350wm/V3200240-Soviet_bomber_with_parasite_fighters_1935-SPL.jpg got the idea to work]], and became the only country to actually use parasite aircraft in combat.
The previous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_F9C_Sparrowhawk Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk]] (the planes flown from the Navy airships) was a biplane and already obsolescent at the time it entered service, and its light armament (two rifle-calibre machine guns) would have been completely useless by the time it would have been called upon to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII - fortunately, the plane was out of service by then, retired with the loss of its carriers. However, the only "airborne aircraft carriers" (actually more like parasite airplanes) ever to see real combat [[http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/363321/350wm/V3200240-Soviet_bomber_with_parasite_fighters_1935-SPL.jpg were airplane-based]], and were used by the Soviet Union during World War II.\n
17th Sep '17 2:34:17 PM ElSquibbonator
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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite aircraft piggybacking on larger ones, and many of the RealLife examples are actually more like this.

As listed below, [[TruthInTelevision this one was attempted several times in real life]]. So far, it's only really worked with [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships,]] which are the only thing stable enough to link with the planes, not to mention have the lift and size necessary to house internal aircraft hangars. Airplane aircraft "carriers" thus far have found it too difficult for the aircraft return to the mothership to be considered [[AwesomeButImpractical practical,]] often resulting in the deaths of test pilots that tried and/or damage to both airplanes. Storage is also an issue; the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XF-85_Goblin Goblin,]] for example, was ridiculously squat in order to fit inside a bomber plane, making it largely useless as a fighter. The previous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_F9C_Sparrowhawk Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk]] (the planes flown from the Navy airships) was a biplane and already obsolescent at the time it entered service, and its light armament (two rifle-calibre machine guns) would have been completely useless by the time it would have been called upon to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII - fortunately, the plane was out of service by then, retired with the loss of its carriers. Oftentimes the planes were simply [[http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/363321/350wm/V3200240-Soviet_bomber_with_parasite_fighters_1935-SPL.jpg festooned all over the mothership like Christmas decorations]], which was problematic for obvious reasons.

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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite aircraft vehicles piggybacking on larger ones, and many of the RealLife examples are actually more like this.

this than full-fledged "aircraft carriers".

As listed below, [[TruthInTelevision this one was attempted several times in real life]]. So far, it's only really worked with The best-known examples have been [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships,]] which are also the only thing stable enough to link with the planes, not to mention have the lift and size necessary to house internal aircraft hangars. Airplane aircraft "carriers" thus far hangars, making them inherently suited for these sort of operations. Large airplanes have found also been used, however in many cases it has proven to be too difficult for the aircraft return to the mothership to be considered [[AwesomeButImpractical practical,]] often resulting in the deaths of test pilots that tried and/or damage to both airplanes. Storage is also an issue; the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XF-85_Goblin Goblin,]] for example, was ridiculously squat in order to fit inside a bomber plane, making it largely useless as a fighter. The previous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_F9C_Sparrowhawk Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk]] (the planes flown from the Navy airships) was a biplane and already obsolescent at the time it entered service, and its light armament (two rifle-calibre machine guns) would have been completely useless by the time it would have been called upon to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII - fortunately, the plane was out of service by then, retired with the loss of its carriers. Oftentimes However, the planes were simply only "airborne aircraft carriers" (actually more like parasite airplanes) ever to see real combat [[http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/363321/350wm/V3200240-Soviet_bomber_with_parasite_fighters_1935-SPL.jpg festooned all over were airplane-based]], and were used by the mothership like Christmas decorations]], which was problematic for obvious reasons.
Soviet Union during World War II.
27th Aug '17 1:01:47 AM Doug86
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* The 60s ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider Man]]'' had an episode where Spidey fought a former UsefulNotes/WW1 ace who had a flying aerodrome - and Fokkers that fired laser beams.

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* The 60s ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider Man]]'' had an episode where Spidey fought a former UsefulNotes/WW1 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ace who had a flying aerodrome - and Fokkers that fired laser beams.



* Zeppelins are the UrExample of this trope. During [[UsefulNotes/WW1 World War One]], they developed this capability, carrying 1-2 aircraft at first, ranging from unarmed Hummingbirds to Gloucester Grebe fighters and Sopwith Camels. After war's end, developments continued studying ways to launch them and recover them in mid-air. Even blimp airborne aircraft carriers existed. Zeppelins are usually preferred, as they can better match the speed of the docking aircraft, have payloads in the hundreds of thousands of pounds and can store the planes inside internal aircraft hangars. However, the U.S. TC-series blimps of the interwar period carried one plane each. They were used to develop the capability for the Zeppelin USS ''Los Angeles'', which led to the ''Akron'' and ''Macon'' as seen below, the greatest examples of this trope, carrying up to 5 Sparrowhawk fighters each.

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* Zeppelins are the UrExample of this trope. During [[UsefulNotes/WW1 World War One]], UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, they developed this capability, carrying 1-2 aircraft at first, ranging from unarmed Hummingbirds to Gloucester Grebe fighters and Sopwith Camels. After war's end, developments continued studying ways to launch them and recover them in mid-air. Even blimp airborne aircraft carriers existed. Zeppelins are usually preferred, as they can better match the speed of the docking aircraft, have payloads in the hundreds of thousands of pounds and can store the planes inside internal aircraft hangars. However, the U.S. TC-series blimps of the interwar period carried one plane each. They were used to develop the capability for the Zeppelin USS ''Los Angeles'', which led to the ''Akron'' and ''Macon'' as seen below, the greatest examples of this trope, carrying up to 5 Sparrowhawk fighters each.
25th Aug '17 9:59:58 AM Smeagol17
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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' has the [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Arsenal_Bird Arsenal Bird]], a massive propeller driven flying wing. It is unarmed, but under its fuselage it carries a whopping '''80''' {{Attack Drone}}s into combat for use in [[ZergRush swarming]] enemy fighter aircraft.

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' has the [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Arsenal_Bird Arsenal Bird]], a massive propeller driven flying wing. It is unarmed, but under Under its fuselage it carries a whopping '''80''' {{Attack Drone}}s into combat for use in [[ZergRush swarming]] enemy fighter aircraft.
10th Aug '17 1:23:26 PM voidlestherock
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** [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Manta Tau Manta Missile Destoryers]] are a {{Downplayed|Trope}} version of this, in that they are more like Airborn Amphibious Assault Carriers. Rather than launching aircraft, they deploy {{Hover Tank}}s, both in [[TankGoodness gunship]] and AwesomePersonnelCarrier varieties, able to deploy an entire ground detachment in a low pass over the ground. Its heavy armaments additionally put it into the "Little Sibling [[TheBattlestar Battlestar]]" subtype.

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** [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Manta Tau Manta Missile Destoryers]] Destroyers]] are a {{Downplayed|Trope}} version of this, in that they are more like Airborn Amphibious Assault Carriers. Rather than launching aircraft, they deploy {{Hover Tank}}s, both in [[TankGoodness gunship]] and AwesomePersonnelCarrier varieties, able to deploy an entire ground detachment in a low pass over the ground. Its heavy armaments additionally put it into the "Little Sibling [[TheBattlestar Battlestar]]" subtype.
7th Aug '17 8:44:04 AM ddyingle
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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite aircraft piggybacking on larger ones, and many of the RealLife examples are actually more like this.,

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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite aircraft piggybacking on larger ones, and many of the RealLife examples are actually more like this.,
this.
21st Jul '17 4:04:00 PM DarthNANAME
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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee]]'', Vykkers' Labs is a massive laboratory, military, and factory complex housed in a huge FlyingSaucer -esque airship.
22nd Jun '17 4:04:05 AM Medinoc
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* In ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'', the XCOM organization have one of those that was stolen from the aliens and use it as a mobile base against the alien ocupation

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* In ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'', the XCOM organization have one of those that was built from a stolen from the aliens and supply barge; they use it as a mobile base against the alien ocupationoccupation and launch the Skyranger from it.
13th Jun '17 5:50:05 AM Smeagol17
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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' has the [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Arsenal_Bird
Arsenal Bird]], a massive propeller driven flying wing. It is unarmed, but under its fuselage it carries a whopping '''80''' {{Attack Drone}}s into combat for use in [[ZergRush swarming]] enemy fighter aircraft.

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' has the [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Arsenal_Bird
com/wiki/Arsenal_Bird Arsenal Bird]], a massive propeller driven flying wing. It is unarmed, but under its fuselage it carries a whopping '''80''' {{Attack Drone}}s into combat for use in [[ZergRush swarming]] enemy fighter aircraft.
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