I was wondering about this, ever since the question about Capital ship vehicle storage. Although I know that Capital ships can't land on planets, I wonder if it's possible for a capital ship to simply go down into the upper atmosphere to pick up a flying vehicle, or if a separate transport needs to be sent down to pick it up instead. Thanks.
“Also, not sure where people are getting the whole pick up flying vehicles - no vehicles can enter orbit, only atmosphere at the highest (on their own power). Ships that can reach the atmo level, can also reach the ground which makes it completely irrelevant - ships can either go everywhere, or cannot enter a planet at all, ground or atmo layers.
Not to mention that being in the atmosphere subjects the ship to the planet's gravity. The larger capital ships can't make a controlled entry into atmosphere, let alone escape the gravity to return to orbit.
Edited By: Elijah Shoryyhn on Year 13 Day 106 5:47
When I was looking at stats for ships, I did initially give the ISD (or whichever one it was) Flight Grade Repulsor lifts, but no Landing Capacity. Then Sin, or one of the other coders told me that it makes no difference: they either can land on a planet or not.
ISDs can too ... George Lucases fitst book has the ISD dropping down into the atmosphere to attack the Tantive ... Luke and Wedge both sitting in anchor head were looking up at he sky watching the fight
Edited By: Kendall Holm on Year 13 Day 106 11:40 ____________
Indeed, and it seems wookieepedia mentions the Imperial-class being able to enter atmosphere and support ground combat directly. That's the first I've heard of it, I thought only the Victory-class was able to do so.
In general the CP ships shouldn't have them either, but as the Mon Cal is just a luxury liner, I don't mind it landing too much. Things like the Tartan/Belarus/Namana are a tad too big, but what I could see happening is them losing their landing capacity when they're R&Dable, and the old ships keep landing, or something. That, or they're the cut-off ish point.
It's a terrible idea for things like destroyers to be able to land however.