I tried searching to see if this was something anyone ever spoke about on here, but couldn’t find any such thread.
So with that, how many of you were aware of this concept 747-200 from the early 70’s? The concept was to create (basically) an airship that could launch, refuel, and resupply “micro-fighters”. Yes, you read that correctly. I happened to stumble across the source randomly through the “Aviation” page on Reddit, which then routed me to this site! Definitely an interesting read. Albeit I totally get how this never went into production. The thought of launching another aircraft out of a larger one and then somehow catching it and storing it until the next sorti is absolutely bonkers. Yet still I keep asking myself would it even be possible by today’s standards.
p.s. The C-5 Galaxy was also a contender as a possible airship, but Boeing thought the 742 be best (of course they did)