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Steam Catapult

Sat May 26, 2007 6:13 am

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

Sat May 26, 2007 6:46 am

I think it was the Enterprise...
 
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RE: Steam Catapult

Sat May 26, 2007 7:22 am

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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RE: Steam Catapult

Sat May 26, 2007 8:38 am

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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RE: Steam Catapult

Sat May 26, 2007 2:34 pm

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.
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RE: Steam Catapult

Sat May 26, 2007 10:22 pm

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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RE: Steam Catapult

Sun May 27, 2007 9:41 pm

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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RE: Steam Catapult

Mon May 28, 2007 4:51 am

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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