How An Electromagnetic Catapult Was Used In Touchdown And Launch Of A Fighter Plane

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In less than a week after commissioning, USS Gerald R Ford scored a double first. First, the nuclear-powered super carrier managed to launch and recover a fighter plane using an electromagnetic catapult. For the last 60 years, steam catapults were used by aircraft carriers all over the globe to launch their fixed-wing aircrafts.

Last July 28, the F/A-18F Super Hornet that is piloted by Commander Jamie Struck was launched from the flight deck of the carrier using an Electromagnetic Launch System right after it arrived. The first arrested landing was made possible through an Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system.

At first sight, there is hardly any difference with the landing and launching of the Super Hornet on the Ford carrier. It all seemed like any conventional touchdown and launch but unknown to many there was a hidden technology that has never been used before at sea. Instead of live steam blasted on a piston down the slot in the flight deck to drag the airplane along and hurl it into the air, electromagnetic catapult was used.

The system successfully worked however, the process was complicated and required a lot of crew to operate and maintain. It is noteworthy to know that it is first time that steam plumbing gas been replaced by an electromagnetic rail gun that manages to accomplish the same task.

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