German aircraft carrier, never weres;
2. If you have never operated a seaplane component from ships, (and the Germans didn't, they used land bases in WW I) then you don't know enough about ship to plane handling to understand how cranky ships are, what aviation at sea means and why Glenn Curtiss is so important to all three carrier using navies of the era.
Not entirely true. The Germans operated several seaplane carriers (converted freighters) and experimented with ship-borne aircraft from warships. As far as I know the reason to convert several cruisers into cruiser-carriers was so to have a carrying ship that could keep up with the fleet. Lets also not forget Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Reimpell: In his thesis in 1917 he suggested the conversion of the liner Ausonia
into a hybrid seaplane-land aircraft carrier, a design that had many modern features, like an island structure.
I was intrigued. I thought the Germans had decided after they failed to convert Stuttgart into a viable seaplane tender, that they had given up the idea to concentrate on U-boats, then DG_Alpha sent me looking for Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Reimpell, (Lieutenant in the KM). Boy; was I surprised!
If that is a true proposed rendition of the Ausonia, then the Germans did not understand the aircraft carrier at all. No elevator and an independent takeoff ramp (just like the takeoffs the Japanese included in the original Akagi before Sempill set them straight). Just bow splume would have made takeoffs impossible from that ramp.
Nice rendition by the way. I would have to ask permission from DG_Alpha before I tried any "historical" WW I valid alterations. One trip into the Baltic and the KM would have learned the Birmingham lesson.