Melchior FRANZ wrote

> 
> * Vivian Meazza -- Saturday 19 February 2005 19:18:
> > I'm not sure that the Nimitz version in cvs has cats.
> 
> It has. Used them to launch the seafire after my second successful
> landing.
> Worked pretty well. Those didn't use cats in RL, did they? I mean, without
> single nose gear ...?
> 

Yes they did - hydraulic! They used a wire strop which attached to catapult
'spools' (hooks) on the fuselage. Free takeoff was the norm, however.

You can read a detailed account:

http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/AC/aircraft/Supermarine-Seafire/sea-info/sea_in
fo.htm

Regards,

Vivian





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