National Geographic : 1945 Mar
Battleship Missouri Comes of Age C National (Ileoraphic Society Kiodacrome, U i. Na Otlicial As the Missouri Turns, Her Kingfisher Lands in the Slick, Taxies to Her Side Even in heavy seas, a battleship can pick up her scout planes at high speed by swinging across the wind and making a lee with smooth water for the planes to land on. Perched on the catapult, a signalman with flags guides the pilot. In the foreground, snug against 20-mm . AA gun tubs, hang new-type float-net life rafts. Beside the catapult nest doughnut life rafts. Battleships in wartime carry no lifeboats.