Reply to post: Re: Bust-up

Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

SkippyBing Silver badge

Re: Bust-up

The problem with launching a bus, car or indeed upright piano from a steam catapult is that it doesn't weigh as much as a fully loaded jet fighter. This means if you use the same steam pressure as you'd use for a jet on a bus the underdeck parts of the catapult will fuse together at the end of the run due to the much higher terminal speed. So ultimately it's still only going to come off the end of the ship at around 140 knots.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r209/TurboBob/Military/ArkRoyalPianoLaunch-2_zps0af25ec5.jpg

Of course if you're not worried about writing off the catapult it could be quite interesting...

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