|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.
|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.