Why is it “the ramp”?

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  1. Kyrpto

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    I thought land planes predated seaplanes?
     
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    Glenn Curtis's first planes were seaplanes. At the time, the Wright brothers' planes were launched via catapult.

    The Europeans took off from land, but.....

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    I've also never seen one that was actually flat. ;)
     
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    The original Kitty Hawk Wright planes were not "catapulted." They moved on their own power on a little sled running down a track. It wasn't until they went back to Ohio that they used the falling weight assist to get them going.

    I guess you can call Samuel Langley's plane a seaplane, because once it launched it just plummeted into the river.

    But the thing of the etymology was that land planes (which do indeed predate the term "ramp" were operating on a "field" which really didn't have a special apron for parking). The term ramp indeed traces to hauling up float planes from the water.