"The ones on the bottom the same deal. The shuttle could take off, land on top of a cargo container, grab on, and take off again."
But since the bow is flat, the shuttle would have to slide onto a container in "R".
I just wondered today how they moved the cargo containers for Khan & company down to Ceti Alpha V and how a TOS cargo container transporter would have looked like for these containers (http://ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/de...-shuttle-bays/
). Like a Galileo shuttlecraft with an open middle capable of holding 4 containers?
I don't buy any aerodynamic feature for the curved edges. With the angled in ceiling of the cabin a hangar transport holding plate would slide in nicely.