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Did you know that the Hancock was the first American Carrier to incorporate the new C-11Steam Catapult system? Take a look...
The Hancock Tradition was established in WWII and continued throughout her 32 year career. Here she ventured into the Steam catapult age, being the first American Carrier to use them Pictured is the first aircraft launched off of the flight deck of the Hancock, an S2F-1, piloted by Cdr Henry J. Jackson on 1 June 1954