Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work

  • Published: 26 December 2018
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington and Jorrit van Ginnkel (
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
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    Special thanks to Patreon supporters Alec M Watson, Andrew J Thom, Arkadiy Kulev, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harrison Wiener, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, Kyle, KyQuan Phong, Manoj Kasyap Govindaraju, MyNameIsKir, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, and Tim Robinson

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Comments • 8 160

  • King Vergaz
    King Vergaz  7 hours back

    7:47 when you touch something hot but your crush is around

    • Dcoleman139
      Dcoleman139  9 hours back

      Charles De Gaulle was a fucking egotistical asshole lol. Them naming everything after a man who said “France liberated itself.” pretty much sums up why everyone thinks the French are assholes.

      • crazy Mexican Gaming
        crazy Mexican Gaming  1 days back

        Well 13:01 seems kinda weird cause you don't know who owns the solar boat it's either Greece or the 2 European country flags next to the Greek flag

        • Fireboy Gaming
          Fireboy Gaming  1 days back

          Have you heard of the CG-62

          • Boss Dog
            Boss Dog  3 days back

            Australia 'sank' a US carrier back in the eighties with a shitbox Oberon class diesel electric sub. Ha Ha.

            • Boss Dog
              Boss Dog  10 hours back

              @John Smith Too right.

            • John Smith
              John Smith  10 hours back

              @Boss Dog Might is Right

            • Boss Dog
              Boss Dog  11 hours back

              @John Smith We have been your de-facto 51st state since Vietnam. Doesn't the Creator live in heaven somewhere?

            • John Smith
              John Smith  2 days back

              If that was true Australia would either be our 51 state or a creator in the Ocean.

          • megmaconqueror
            megmaconqueror  3 days back

            9:09 Pronouced "Yokosuka" incorrectly. Think of it more like "Yo" Kos" Ka" the "U" is silent. ~ FC2 Burns, USS Ronald Reagan.

            • Ensign Gaming
              Ensign Gaming  4 days back

              While the Japan got a Izuno a disguise helicopter carrier wherein it can transform to aircraft carrier in times of war. There's a documentary about Mizuno.

              • H reyes
                H reyes  4 days back

                If you open the other door then you die... You will know the answer then

                • SeanPlaysGames
                  SeanPlaysGames  5 days back

                  its would be 2 if GLaDOS said it because she uses reverse psychology

                  • Toprak Akgoz
                    Toprak Akgoz  5 days back


                    • NavilNDG
                      NavilNDG  5 days back

                      Ah yes, Singapore

                      • Spiny
                        Spiny  6 days back

                        Cool, but does it have WiFi?

                        • eskimo05w
                          eskimo05w  6 days back

                          "If this sign is *false,* what's true about the doors?" By *"false"* do you mean it's stating the exact opposite of what is true (i.e. this door is deadly and the other door is safe)? Or that some part of it is *"false",* as in both doors are safe or both doors are deadly? Any of these would render the sign *false.*

                          • Shubham Shrivastava
                            Shubham Shrivastava  6 days back

                            India has two wrong information

                            • Adrian Powers
                              Adrian Powers  6 days back

                              Don’t know anything about the doors

                              • giobot 17
                                giobot 17  7 days back

                                aircraft carriers is a floating city when you think about it

                                • HR Sidhu 13
                                  HR Sidhu 13  7 days back

                                  Both doors r deadly

                                  • Jay's Brick Co.
                                    Jay's Brick Co.  7 days back

                                    The first door has a chance to be deadly, so I'm going to keep walkimg down the hall and mind my businesses

                                    • Trish Littlejohn
                                      Trish Littlejohn  7 days back

                                      "you can order amazon on an aircraft carrier"

                                      *order amazon prime two day shipping

                                      • Trish Littlejohn
                                        Trish Littlejohn  7 days back

                                        both doors are safe

                                        • Gokhan Yurtsever
                                          Gokhan Yurtsever  1 weeks back

                                          Holy cows 6000 people on the ship?

                                          • M S
                                            M S  1 weeks back

                                            Down the rabbit hole I go

                                            • MuddahFukkah
                                              MuddahFukkah  1 weeks back

                                              Mail...? They have not invented internet?

                                              • Robert Moore
                                                Robert Moore  4 days back

                                                You cant send a care package via internet.

                                              • Robert Moore
                                                Robert Moore  4 days back

                                                They have had internet for years

                                            • Reshu Goyal
                                              Reshu Goyal  1 weeks back

                                              door 2

                                              • im1who84u
                                                im1who84u  1 weeks back

                                                11:00 All we know is that there are two doors and one of them has sign on it with the big word “IF” incorporated into it. The signs message is pretty much useless with the word “if” in it. In addition, we are told the sign is false.

                                                There are two handguns on a table in front of you.
                                                If one of them is loaded, the other isn’t.

                                                The statement, “if one of them is loaded, the other isn’t”, is a lie.

                                                So, what do you know? You know there are two handguns on a table in front of you and a statement, “if one of them is loaded, the other isn’t”, which you are told is a lie. And then there’s that pesky word “if”.

                                                You aren’t told that one is loaded, if both are, or if neither of them is loaded.

                                                So, all you really know is that there are two handguns on the table in front of you. Whether any, none, or all are loaded……? You have no idea.

                                                • Ronald Hoel
                                                  Ronald Hoel  1 weeks back

                                                  One door has a sign and the other doesn't.

                                                  • dave boydell
                                                    dave boydell  1 weeks back

                                                    The US is insane! Talk about living in fear!

                                                    • Ho Lee Fuk
                                                      Ho Lee Fuk  1 weeks back

                                                      Nope, we just like them because we can fuck up your entire country in less than 24 hours!

                                                  • Captain Plaintif
                                                    Captain Plaintif  1 weeks back

                                                    both doors are deadly

                                                    • Ronnie Hao
                                                      Ronnie Hao  1 weeks back

                                                      Rumors said Chinese-Made DF variants have the ability to sink aircraft carriers. Anyone knows ?

                                                      • Nuke89345
                                                        Nuke89345  1 weeks back

                                                        Supposedly they're these anti-ship ballistic missiles that can do the job. The problem is getting a kill chain reliable enough to do it as ballistic missiles aren't known for hitting moving targets without nuclear explosions and so far China hasn't really shown anything that they can do it.

                                                    • Arun Mahider
                                                      Arun Mahider  1 weeks back

                                                      Thanks jeeez

                                                      • Big Nibba
                                                        Big Nibba  1 weeks back

                                                        Its 2019 and they still read off paper mail 😂

                                                        • Gurkenhaupt 2016
                                                          Gurkenhaupt 2016  1 weeks back

                                                          I think the makers of the video forget to mention the other nations like spain, that are also running aircraft carriers in their Military.

                                                          • handsome king
                                                            handsome king  2 weeks back

                                                            China have 4 now

                                                            • CAMPYD
                                                              CAMPYD  2 weeks back

                                                              Wonder where my tax money goes

                                                              • Colin Evans
                                                                Colin Evans  2 weeks back

                                                                1:54 there's something so cool about the pattern made by the boats' wake

                                                                • Kamil M
                                                                  Kamil M  2 weeks back

                                                                  Int. Law allows any Aircraft Careers to be placed under 14-22 KMs away from any country's coast? F*ck Your law, Get under our waters, get The F*ck Nuked out.

                                                                  • Moro pl
                                                                    Moro pl  2 weeks back

                                                                    A Russian sailor once got lost on the Kuznetsov after getting too drunk. His mummified remains were found years later

                                                                    • Daniel Rothschild
                                                                      Daniel Rothschild  2 weeks back

                                                                      When people say a carrier is unsinkable they don't mean unatackable or even un paralyzable they mean unsinkable. A number of years ago the US wanted to better understand how a supercarior would sink if it was hit in combat so they took the carrier USS America out to sea and fired antiship missles at it for a week but were ultimately unable to sink it, they ended up having to reboard the ship with an EOD team blow the ship up from the inside, even then it took hours to sink

                                                                      • Tod Dangerfield
                                                                        Tod Dangerfield  2 weeks back

                                                                        Don’t worry about the Aussie sub that ‘sank’ a carrier during war games by sending a photo of the carriers propellers as proof then played ‘I come from a land down under’ over loud speakers.....

                                                                        • Jay Tee
                                                                          Jay Tee  2 weeks back

                                                                          Both doors are safe

                                                                          • JEOGRAPHY Songs For Kids

                                                                            Spoiler Alert: They put airplanes on them.

                                                                            • Jeep Cherokee
                                                                              Jeep Cherokee  2 weeks back

                                                                              Door one is the safer door.

                                                                              • Mylife 4you
                                                                                Mylife 4you  2 weeks back

                                                                                how the hell does united states have so many damm carriers!

                                                                              • ing Timotej
                                                                                ing Timotej  2 weeks back

                                                                                Brilliant: We will stop sponsoring you if you will only make videos about planes.

                                                                                Wendover: fine. Boats?

                                                                                Brilliant: sounds cool :)

                                                                                Wendover: *AIRCRAFT CARRIERS*

                                                                                • Masster Gunnz
                                                                                  Masster Gunnz  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Man you know damn well they're wasting time watching Youtube videos and browsing Reddit 7:54

                                                                                  • Masster Gunnz
                                                                                    Masster Gunnz  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Bobs Burgers is absolutely fueling our men and women at sea 2:48

                                                                                    • akash malhotra
                                                                                      akash malhotra  2 weeks back

                                                                                      But why does thailand needs a aircraft carrier

                                                                                      • Michael Archer
                                                                                        Michael Archer  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Guessing we have some kind of small drone carrier in the works as well