Navy Tests New Electromagnetic Catapult

On an aircraft carrier getting planes off the deck as quickly as possible can be life or death.

The developments that led to this catapult are the result of nearly a century of carrier operations.

Here’s two videos showing typical carrier operations during WW2.

And a longer movie about aircraft carriers and operations.

The development of jet aircraft in the 1950’s created some real problems for carrier operations.

Here are some scenes from the movie “The Bridges Of Toko Ri

Some more Korean War era footage.

The addition of the canted landing deck in the early 1950’s and the use of the catapults has greatly improved the ability of a carrier to maintain operations as it allows both landing and launching operations to operate simultaneously.

Here’s the Oriskany in the Vietnam era.

More Vietnam era.

Some modern carrier operations videos.

The carrier deck is a very dangerous place.

It’s easy to see why the navy invested in the electromagnetic catapult for the new carriers.  It’s going to help eliminate soft launches and remove the steam from the deck.  Both of which will make the deck safer. Which is always a good thing.

One comment

  1. jccarlton · March 2, 2017

    Reblogged this on The Arts Mechanical and commented:

    Reblogging because it’s a good post that’s been neglected. The Navy has been having trouble with the new electromagnetic catapults put I suspect that, in the long run they will demonstrate themselves to be assets to carrier operations.


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