KM Vaterland (CV-1942)


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Largest of the Germanic States aircraft carriers they were only eclipsed in size by the large post-war US carriers. Built to take air supperiority in any area they were active in, their air complement went a long way to guaranteeing that. With three deck edge lifts for uncluttered aircraft handling from hangar to flight deck the Vaterlands were able to put a large force into the air in a short time. The smaller fighters with smaller wingspans when folded were able to be put onto the lifts 2 at a time.

(If Whittles War does not happen) The Vaterlands were the first aircraft carriers to handle jet aircraft in late 1943 with a navalised version of the Me-262 undergoing flight deck trials on the Vaterland. A navalised version of the Arado 236 jet bomber followed to give the ships a long range strike capability.


Displacement 52,500 tons std, 61,800 full load
Length 1031 ft
Breadth 116 ft (142 ft over sponsons)
Draught 34 ft
Machinery 4 shaft mixed turbine/diesel propulsion

2 x Steam Turbines 160,000shp

2 x Diesels 60,000bhp

Speed 33 knots
Range 12,000 miles at 18 knots
Armour 3.9" side, 3.9" deck, 5.9" magazines
Armament 16 x 4.1" (8x2)

20 x 37mm (10x2)

46 x 20mm (4x4 30x1)

Aircraft 114
Torpedoes nil
Complement 2850
Notes KM Vaterland

KM Imperator


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