Aeronautics: Via Catapult

The North German Lloyd liner Europe. hove-to with engines idling 600 mi. off -Cape Breton one morning last week. Passengers lined the rail, crowded about a roped enclosure on the sundeck to watch a sturdy monoplane mounted on a sort of sled and turntable between the two smokestacks. Pilot Joachim Blankenburg waved a signal from the cockpit, a seaman on deck threw a lever and the sled shot to the edge of the deck, flinging the seaplane out over the water at 80 m. p. h. The plane rose rapidly, circled the Euro pa...

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