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Old March 11 2010, 04:58 PM   #57
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Re: TOS Enterprise Shuttle Storage?

blssdwlf wrote: View Post
Timo, are you thinking of two turntables on the flight deck or the below deck hangar?
Two inline elevators (both with turntables) would make operations easier. A flush with the deck hatch, covering the lowered forward elevator, would account for the second elevator not being seen in the episodes. Two adjacent elevators, working together, could lower a longer shuttle down to the shop deck.

Or alternatively, a wall is raised between the two turntables which would explain the blank wall behind the shuttle in
JTB and TIS.
This could be simular to the blast barriers raised on Navy aircraft carriers before launching a plane.

But that also adds some complication - how does the shuttle move from one turntable to the other? And how does it fit with what we've seen?
It would seem to make sense that the shuttles can in some fashion taxi under their own power.

Timo wrote: View Post
It's also possible the deck is big simply because it is designed to accept larger auxiliaries on occasion. Say, the gigantic aquashuttle from TAS "Ambergris Element" wouldn't fit aboard at all if the shuttlebay was only sized for economic operation of the Class F craft. And some other auxiliaries or visiting craft may be larger still.
Good point.

Another idea would be having two lifts/garages side by side at the front end of the flight deck, behind rolling doors.
The problem with this is that you're beginning to devote a truly large percentage of the secondary hull to flight operations, something the Enterprise does fairly rarely.
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