First United States Navy catapult launch, 12 November 1912Waring Hills Nov 12, 2010
The first launch of a naval aviator and naval aircraft took place from a catapult mounted on a barge at the Washington Navy Yard. On 12 November 1912, Lieutenant Ellyson, Naval Aviator #1, made the first successful launch of an airplane by catapult in the Curtiss AH-3.
This first catapult used by the Navy was powered by compressed air, later the Navy would progress to hydraulic catapults, steam catapults and our next generation catapults will be powered by electromagnets.
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