Super Hornet set for launchThe operation took place on dry land, at the Naval Air Systems Command test site in Lakehurst, N.J. "I thought the launch went great," said Lt. Daniel Radocaj, the test pilot, in a statement. "I got excited once I was on the catapult but I went through the same procedures as on a steam catapult. The catapult stroke felt similar to a steam catapult and EMALS met all of the expectations I had."
USS Gerald R. FordThe Navy plans to install the EMALS on the USS Gerald R. Ford, a next-generation aircraft carrier scheduled to go into service in 2015. The progenitor of the expected Ford class of carriers, the ship will measure 1,080 feet long, 100 feet high, and 134 feet wide at the water line. The flight deck will be 250 feet across.
For more on the USS Gerald R. Ford, under construction in Newport News, Va., see "
Crew preps for test
Saturday's test flight was just the beginning. The Navy plans to conduct further testing in 2011, with the addition of two other aircraft, the T-45 and C-2.
For a U.S. Navy video from the launch, see "Navy launches first aircraft using EMALS."