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Question about IS Aircraft carriers during WW2

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Quick question… I realize larger bomber planes couldnt take off from an aircraft carriers flight deck because the deck was too short for such a large heavy aircraft to get to a high enough speed to take off but wasn't the steam powered catapult already created? So couldnt they have catapulted a bomber to a high enough speed to give it enough lift to take off?

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Not all carriers had steam catapults, especially carriers built pre-war.  Also, catapults or not, large bomber aircraft took up a lot of space, and usually were too big for elevators, so they had to stay on deck.  During the Doolittle raid, Enterprise’s fighters had to provide air cover for the entire fleet since all of Hornet’s aircraft had to stay in the hanger until the bombers departed.  There were a number of reasons besides take off speed why bombers weren’t on carriers.

Edited by Dave Williams

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Pretty sure that the steam cat was a post-war development, like the angle deck. At least for WWII US Ships, the installed catapults were hydraulic. 

Edited by Joe Hegedus

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