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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

What was the first U.S. carrier to be fitted with a steam catapult?


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User currently offlineLongbowPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1927 times:
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I think it was the Enterprise...

User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

CVA-19, USS Hancock



June 17, 1954. A S2F was the first aircraft flung skyward by a steam catapult from an American warship.

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User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

I thought the Royal Navy (HMS Perseus???) came up with this idea in the 50s after some disappointing results with a hydraulic system.


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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Quoting Arrow (Reply 3):
I thought the Royal Navy (HMS Perseus???) came up with this idea in the 50s after some disappointing results with a hydraulic system.

This may be true, but the question was which US carrier.


User currently offlineLMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4782 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

Quoting Arrow (Reply 3):
I thought the Royal Navy (HMS Perseus???) came up with this idea in the 50s after some disappointing results with a hydraulic system.

Yes, along with the angled deck. Both were British inventions.



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User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 5):
Quoting Arrow (Reply 3):
I thought the Royal Navy (HMS Perseus???) came up with this idea in the 50s after some disappointing results with a hydraulic system.

Yes, along with the angled deck. Both were British inventions.

Actually, the first ships to use steam to launch aircraft were the CAM:s during the early part of WW2. These ordinary steam-powered merchant vessels were fitted with a steam catapult and a Sea Hurricane, both choices being a function of availability.



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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4576 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Quoting Deskflier (Reply 6):

Actually, the first ships to use steam to launch aircraft were the CAM:s during the early part of WW2. These ordinary steam-powered merchant vessels were fitted with a steam catapult and a Sea Hurricane, both choices being a function of availability.

As far as Im aware, CAM ships employed rocket driven catapults, not steam driven as they were single use only so there was no point in installing the complicated piping needed.


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