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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1790 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 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1778 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 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1764 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 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1737 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 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1669 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 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1609 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 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1488 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, 3909 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1427 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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