The U2 tests aboard KITTY HAWK, AMERICA & possibly ENTERPRISE were just tests.
The RANGER actually launched a U2 mission in May 1964 and maybe a second to monitor the French nuclear tests at Murora Atoll in French Polynesia. From the looks of it, these were all sponsored by the CIA under the Office of Naval Research. Also, I did not realize that these were U-2G models and actually had an arresting hook. Some arrested landings were made.
Just learned that the French BEARN also conducted tests with a twin engine aircraft in 1936 with a Potez 56E light transport which was based on a commercial aircraft. It did have a hook!
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