Photo: Radioman Frank da Cruz (Sr)
One of the USS Omaha's two Curtiss SOC
float planes. The Omaha was not an aircraft carrier; the planes
hung from catapults that shot them into the air like a slingshot would.
They were used for reconnaissance. When they came back from a mission, they
would land near the ship, as in the photo, and would be lifted by crane back
onto their catapults.