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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1785 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: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1773 times:
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I think it was the Enterprise...

User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1759 times:

CVA-19, USS Hancock



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

[Edited 2007-05-26 00:24:19]

User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 1732 times:
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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 (7 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1664 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1604 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.


User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1483 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, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1422 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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