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16th Jul '17 11:15:55 AM CV12Hornet
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Both carried Buccaneer strike planes and Sea Vixen fighters, and Ark Royal was modified to carry Phantoms. By the 1970s, however, their age and relatively small size were finally catching up to them, and with their replacements strangled in the crib first Eagle and then Ark Royal were retired and scrapped.

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Both carried Buccaneer strike planes and Sea Vixen fighters, and Ark Royal was modified to carry Phantoms. By the 1970s, however, their age and relatively small size were finally catching up to them, and with their replacements (the below-mentioned CVA-01) strangled in the crib first Eagle and then Ark Royal were retired and scrapped.
16th Jul '17 11:15:12 AM CV12Hornet
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!!HMS ''Victorious''

A WWII-era ''Illustrious''-class aircraft carrier, she was selected for a full modernization in 1950, a modernization that took eight years due to a combination of rapidly advancing technology and [[WhatAnIdiot a major cock-up on the Royal Navy's part]]: namely, realizing that her machinery needed to be replaced ''after'' rebuilding much of her upperworks, which necessitated tearing it all down and starting over.

In many respects a completely new ship afterward, she operated first Scimitars and then Buccaneers, before a minor fire and cuts to the defense budget conspired to retire her early.

Appears as both herself and HMS ''Ark Royal'' for the movie ''Film/SinkTheBismarck''.

!!''Audacious'' class aircraft carriers (''Eagle'', ''Ark Royal'')

Armored carriers designed during WWII to carry both a full airgroup and the most modern of carrier aircraft [[note]]The preceding Illustrious class lacked the capacity of a full fleet carrier, while the Implacable class, which did, were limited by low hangar height in what aircraft they could carry.[[/note]], making them the Royal Navy equivalent of the American ''Midway'' class, albeit a fair bit smaller. Their construction was protracted, and they both had to be modernized shortly after commissioning, but for many years they were the best carriers not part of the US Navy.

Both carried Buccaneer strike planes and Sea Vixen fighters, and Ark Royal was modified to carry Phantoms. By the 1970s, however, their age and relatively small size were finally catching up to them, and with their replacements strangled in the crib first Eagle and then Ark Royal were retired and scrapped.
9th Jul '17 10:46:15 AM nombretomado
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Despite the critical contribution of many British scientists to the USA's ''Manhattan Project'' to develop atomic weapons during WorldWarTwo, the United Kingdom was refused US technical assistance to develop their own atomic weapons after WorldWarTwo as the USA wanted to maintain a monopoly on atomic weaponry. In order to shore up Britain's Great Power status, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill's governments recognised the need to continue substituting military for economic power; Britain had not had the largest economy of the Great Powers since the 1890s (having surpassed the Empire of the Qing in the 1850s), but she had nonetheless continued to play a significant role on the world stage by virtue of her fleet and alliance with France. Despite being totally broke after the debts of the war and the colossal costs of establishing a modern 'Welfare State', Britain pursued her own atomic bomb project alone (not even collaborating with the French!) and at great cost. She managed to detonate her first atomic bomb in the Australian state of Western Australia in 1952, but by that time the USA had already developed 'nuclear' weapons and in 1954 the USA detonated her first 'hydrogen' thermonuclear device (the latter being several thousand times more powerful again than a roughly equivalent atomic weapon).

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Despite the critical contribution of many British scientists to the USA's ''Manhattan Project'' to develop atomic weapons during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the United Kingdom was refused US technical assistance to develop their own atomic weapons after WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as the USA wanted to maintain a monopoly on atomic weaponry. In order to shore up Britain's Great Power status, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill's governments recognised the need to continue substituting military for economic power; Britain had not had the largest economy of the Great Powers since the 1890s (having surpassed the Empire of the Qing in the 1850s), but she had nonetheless continued to play a significant role on the world stage by virtue of her fleet and alliance with France. Despite being totally broke after the debts of the war and the colossal costs of establishing a modern 'Welfare State', Britain pursued her own atomic bomb project alone (not even collaborating with the French!) and at great cost. She managed to detonate her first atomic bomb in the Australian state of Western Australia in 1952, but by that time the USA had already developed 'nuclear' weapons and in 1954 the USA detonated her first 'hydrogen' thermonuclear device (the latter being several thousand times more powerful again than a roughly equivalent atomic weapon).
8th Jul '17 4:39:32 PM nombretomado
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3rd Dec '16 9:56:16 AM GojiBiscuits
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!Airborne Early Warning Aircraft

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!Airborne Early Warning Aircraftaircraft (AEW)
3rd Dec '16 9:54:43 AM GojiBiscuits
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!Airborne Early Warning Aircraft




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!!Boeing E-3 Sentry
!!Boeing P-8 Poseidon
3rd Dec '16 9:52:45 AM GojiBiscuits
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!!Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod

The UK's answer to the USA's E-3 Sentry, although the Nimrod came first. Developed from the UK's coolest of [[CoolPlane cool airliners]], the DeHavilland Comet. While designed primarily as a Airborne Early Warning aircraft, this plane also served as a strategic bomber. It could carry plenty of conventional bombs in its belly, as well as nuclear weaponry if necessary. Unfortunately, the Nimrods were retired by the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition in 2010, much to the ire of the general public.



The second "V-Bomber" and the longest-lived as its large delta wing was best suited of the three designs for low-altitude flight, although this was by accident as again it was designed to fly higher and faster than contemporary fighters (but once again technology caught up with it). Severely embarrassed the USAF in the 60's during Operation Skyshield 1 and 2, when pretty much all the Vulcan bombers involved in the exercise (to test the US' air defences) got in and out unscathed. The only time it dropped weapons in anger was also one of the most interesting bomber operations in history: during the Falklands War, the RAF barely had enough time to hastily cancel the Vulcan's retirement, retrain the crews in air-to-air refuelling, and sent them on what was then the longest bombing mission in history, Operation Black Buck, to bomb Argentinian positions on Stanley Island. The modifications necessary for this operation involved tons of engineering improvisation. [=XH558=] has recently been restored to flying condition and has been flying airshows, though it will be permanently grounded in 2013 due to the [[AwesomeButImpractical ruinous costs of its upkeep]].

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The second "V-Bomber" and the longest-lived as its large delta wing was best suited of the three designs for low-altitude flight, although this was by accident as again it was designed to fly higher and faster than contemporary fighters (but once again technology caught up with it). Severely embarrassed the USAF in the 60's during Operation Skyshield 1 and 2, when pretty much all the Vulcan bombers involved in the exercise (to test the US' air defences) got in and out unscathed. The only time it dropped weapons in anger was also one of the most interesting bomber operations in history: during the Falklands War, the RAF barely had enough time to hastily cancel the Vulcan's retirement, retrain the crews in air-to-air refuelling, and sent them on what was then the longest bombing mission in history, Operation Black Buck, to bomb Argentinian positions on Stanley Island. The modifications necessary for this operation involved tons of engineering improvisation. [=XH558=] has recently been restored to flying condition and has been flying airshows, though it will be was permanently grounded in 2013 due to the [[AwesomeButImpractical ruinous costs of its upkeep]].
3rd Dec '16 9:44:25 AM GojiBiscuits
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[CoolPlane Yes, that's a bomber]].]]


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[[caption-width-right:350:[[CoolPlane Yes, that's a bomber]].[[caption-width-right:350: Introducing the [[CoolPlane Avro Vulcan]], one of the main facets of the UK's nuclear weapons program.]]

24th Sep '16 1:59:34 PM nombretomado
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21st Aug '16 4:07:59 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- '''WinstonChurchill'''

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-->-- '''WinstonChurchill'''
'''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill'''



The current system is getting a bit old and creaky and is due to be replaced around 2020. There is some Parliamentary support for the policy, although not as much as several years ago. Before the 2010 election, both [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem the Conservatives and Labour]] planned to replace Trident; the existence of the anti-deterrent Liberal Democrats in the current coalition government means that other alternatives are being looked at, such as deferring the decision another few years, or even sharing the weapons with [[TheUltimateResistance the French]].

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The current system is getting a bit old and creaky and is due to be replaced around 2020. There is some Parliamentary support for the policy, although not as much as several years ago. Before the 2010 election, both [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem the Conservatives and Labour]] planned to replace Trident; the existence of the anti-deterrent Liberal Democrats in the current coalition government means that other alternatives are being looked at, such as deferring the decision another few years, or even sharing the weapons with [[TheUltimateResistance [[UsefulNotes/TheUltimateResistance the French]].
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