12 July 1916 – More Catapult

Godfrey Chevalier

Away from the war the United States Navy is also carrying out aviation research, including the thorny problem of how to launch a seaplane from a ship. Today the US Navy scored a notable first when it launched a seaplane from a moving ship by catapult.

A previous launch from a stationery vessel had been successful back on 5 November 1915 with a Curtiss AB-2 llying boat, piloted by Lieutenant Commander Henry Mustier USN.

Today, Lieutenant Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier USN, launched a Curtiss AB-3 by catapult from the USS North Carolina while it was at sea.

Chevalier takes off from the North Carolina


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