This compressed air catapult at Annapolis, Maryland, was used in an unsuccessful attempt to launch a Curtiss A-1 piloted by Lt. T. G. Ellyson on July 31, 1912. On November 12, 1912, Ellyson made the first successful catapult shot in an A-3 at the Washin

 
 

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