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Aircraft Carriers of the World

Spotted on this Mother Jones tumblr post is this fascinating graphic of all the world’s aircraft carriers, to scale.

Graphic originated here.

There is some dispute on the definition of “aircraft carrier” used here, if you think a ship that can only handle vertical-take-off-and-landing craft such as helicopters and Harriers doesn’t count, then at least eleven of these ships, including the entire the right-hand column, are excluded and the U.S. only has the eleven biggest carriers out of the world’s twenty-one or so.

It’s one of those striking perspective things. Every time I see some comparison between the military of the United States and the entire rest of the world it amazes me. I wonder how accurate this is.

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