The French Aircraft Carrier Clemenceau

Witold Koszela

The French aircraft carrier Clemenceau is one of the largest and most powerful ships that served the Marine Nationale.
Date Published :
September 2021
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drawing sheets, color profiles
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788366673564
Pages : 28
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The French aircraft carrier Clemenceau was one of the largest and most powerful ships that served the Marine Nationale. Her keel was laid in November 1955 at the Brest Arsenal Ch. Atlantique in St. Nazaire, and she was launched two years later – on December 21, 1957.

Together with the twin Foch, it was built on the basis of a project developed from the beginning in the 1950s, which included almost all of the novelties that were introduced in the construction of this type of ship. Therefore, she received, among others: a sloped flight deck with two lifts, mirror systems facilitating approach to landing, means of observation enabling early detection of surface units and means of air attack, and modern catapults adapted to work with jet aircrafts with a large take-off mass.

The length of the flight deck was 257 meters, the main runway was 165.5 meters long and 29.5 meters wide, with a deviation from the center of the ship by 8 degrees. The hangar below it was 180 meters long and 22 meters wide.

In more than forty years of service, which began on November 22, 1961, the Clemenceau performed countless tasks in both European and Pacific waters. She supported the activities of the land forces, including in former French colonies and during nuclear tests. Together with Foch, she formed one of the strongest task forces in the Mediterranean region and the waters of Western Europe.


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"...a must-have for building the available kits for Clemenceau as well as scratch-building endeavors."


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