The plan was more realistic than you think.
Key Point: The Air Force found the idea feasible, but never pursued it.
A1973 study looked a launching tiny jet fighters from airborne aircraft carriers.
This fascinating feasibility study says right off the bat, “This investigation has studied the feasibility and usefulness of an airborne airbase and has found it to be technically feasible and potentially valuable to the nation as a rapid deployment multi-purpose...
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