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hangar deck catapults

October 15 2009 at 4:23 PM
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< Note that the Yorktown (and Wasp?) classes as well as early Essex class carriers were originally fitted with a hanger deck catapult which could be used to launch aircraft on either side. These were later removed. >

On second thought I was aware of the hangar deck catapults that launched (mostly) scouting aircraft athwart ship. If rusty memory serves, the large carriers did retain a small number of Curtiss SOC Seagulls with regular landing gear and tailhooks in place of the usual central float, which once their scouting or observation task was completed, could land on the carrier's flight deck. The hangar deck catapults were dangerous and--it comes as no surprise--scary and unpopular. Most, maybe all, were no longer in place at war's end.


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