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Samson's launch

On this day 10 January 1912

Published: 10 Jan 2013

First aircraft launch from a British warship

A flying-off platform was constructed over the foredeck and forward 12-inch (305 mm) gun turret of the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Africa, and Lieutenant Charles Rumney Samson took off from it using an Improved Short S27 No38. The aeroplane took 100ft before leaving the trackway.


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