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Re: CVE 1's diagonal flight deck catapult

October 16 2009 at 4:10 PM
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Response to CVE 1's diagonal flight deck catapult


Here be two more photos from NavSource. The first was taken on July 8, 1941, showing LONG ISLAND with her original 362-foot flight deck. I cannot see any evidence of a flight deck catapult, diagonally configured or otherwise (the aircraft forward are two Brewster F2A Buffalos). Yes, 'tis possible I simply cannot see the catapult, but tell me what you think.

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The other photo, taken in May 1942, AFTER the flight deck was lengthened 77 feet, shows a line of five Curtiss SOC-3A Seagulls awaiting launching, with the first one angled to portside on the catapult. There is a sixth Seagull also spotted starboard, but forward of the diagonal catapult.

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Is it eminently possible that the diagonal catapult was first installed with the 77-foot lengthening of the flight deck, and only later was it relocated parallel to the ship's centerline, as Jim reports from Friedman?


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  • Re: CVE 1's diagonal flight deck catapult - Jim Broshot on Oct 16, 2009, 7:16 PM
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