National Geographic : 1953 Oct
© National Geographic Society 574 Ektachrome courtesy Sylvania Electric 800 Flashbulbs Light Antietam, First American Carrier with a Canted Deck. A Crimson Banshee Catapults from Her Bow Navy carriers can launch and recover planes at the same instant with a radically new landing platform known as canted deck tothe United States Navy and angled deck to the British Royal Navy, which originated the idea. Instead of landing down the center of the deck, a plane now comes inat an angle and sits down on a runway slanted from starboard corner to portside elevator. With both ends of the ship operating simultaneously, landings and take-offs are speeded. Propeller craft can take off aft while jets catapult from the bow. Handling of planes on deck is faster. If an incoming plane's hook misses the wire (page 559), the pilot keeps on flying and comes around for another try. Costly crashes into parked aircraft are averted. So successful is the new concept that most carriers will beconverted. This remarkable photograph, a joint enterprise of Navy and Sylvania Electric Products, was lighted by lamps firedbyradio from the photographer's blimp and shot with a Fairchild aerial camera.