Everything new was once old

gCaptain has a nifty little clip of a small STOL aircraft landing on a merchant ship’s main cargo deck.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUdzVnZBaoY]

It’s been done.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZpTm5LgHQA]

OK, so the Brodie device wasn’t quite the same.  But other LSTs did operate as launch (but not recovery) platforms for light aircraft with an extremely narrow deck.

http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/odd/odd36.jpg