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harry t.



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F6F Hellcat - catapult launch from hanger
· Date: Wed, 10 June 20 · Views: 209
· Filesize: 304.4kb, 477.7kb · Dimensions: 788 x 572 ·
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makko

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Wed, 10 June 20 17:51

Can someone please explain a bit more? Hornet was an aircraft carrier, but this is a catapult launcher direct from the hangar?
Rgds.
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harry t.
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Thu, 11 June 20 02:42

Morning Makko, quoting from a discussion on the subject ex. Reddit;

‘I’ve always wondered why BSG launches from the port and starboard. It all makes sense now’

‘Because it’s a more efficient hangar/catapult arrangement if you don’t need to worry about airspeed or launching into the wind. The mechanics are completely different from atmospheric flight’.

‘Some of the Essex class featured hangar catapults but most were eventually removed because they took up hangar space and were not all that useful.
Launching aircraft directly from the hangar is an idea almost as old as carrier aviation. On some of the older RN and IJN designs, you really could take off down the length of the hangar. This practice was discontinued when larger aircraft made the method very dangerous’.

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makko

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Thu, 11 June 20 10:44

Thank you, Harry. One lives and learns! It would make a very different diorama! I shall have to investigate more.
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Klaatu83
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Thu, 11 June 20 21:15

This picture was probably taken during shake-down training just after the carrier was completed, when the crew were still learning how to operate all of the equipment installed on the ship, including these hanger-deck catapults. However, I do not believe these catapults were ever utilized in action. In fact, I believe they were not even installed on the later Essex-class carriers.
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