Angled flight decks
allow for more catapult installations and for simultaneous landings but the aircraft require an arrester system of shipborne lines with an aircraft tail hook to restrict movement once landed, and these 'controlled crashes' reduce airframe life.
The United States navy was the first to use the angled flight deck
, followed by the British navy.
In the summer of 1951, Lieutenant Commander Hilary "Nick" Goodhart, working under Captain Cambell, devised an ingenious method for guiding jet aircraft at the proper angle onto an angled flight deck
After these tests the Admiralty was persuaded and Centaur was the first to be equipped with a five-degree angled flight deck
and later Ark Royal.
We set sail again and spent a year in the Mediterranean on exercises with the new angled flight deck and returned in July 1955 to Greenock, Scotland.
I hope this clarifies the Eagle to be first ship with angled flight deck.
He describes the technological achievements of the Royal Navy, such as angled flight decks
, mirror deck landing systems, and vertical take-off and landing; operational successes during the two World Wars, including the sinking of the German light cruiser Konigsberg, the attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto, and Arctic and Atlantic convoy protection and operations with the US Navy in the Pacific; and post-war events like the Suez Campaign of 1956 and the recapture of the Falklands after the Argentine invasion, as well as operations in the Gulf.
Before the days of modern angled flight decks
, a carrier flight deck could be doing only one of three things: spotting aircraft, launching aircraft, or recovering aircraft.