First F35C Cat Launch

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‪First F-35 Catapult Launch‬‏ - YouTube Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert took to the sky on 27 July 2011 in an F-35C test aircraft launched by a steam catapult for the first time at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Aircraft carrier catapult launches accelerate the F-35 to takeoff speed with full fuel and ordnance over a short, 300-foot power stroke, transmitting more than 250,000 pounds of pull force through the F-35’s nose gear launch system and structure. The test aircraft, CF-3, arrived from the primary F-35C test and evaluation site, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, the day before this first launch. This was Flight 8 for CF-3.
 
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Scouse, has Jack totally scrapped the idea of a Vstol (harrier-ish) version of the F-35?
As far as the new carriers are concerned, yes - they have now been re-designed to facilitate cat/trap operations and the F-35C.

However, there is still a contract in existence for the provision of a small number of the F-35B - the STOVL variant; it was meant to be for 3, but the MoD has approached the Pentagon with a view to swapping the third one for an F-35C.

The plan is to use the 2 No. F-35B for Operational Test and Evaluation purposes.
 
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