First F35C Cat Launch

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  1. ‪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.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011
  2. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Scouse, has Jack totally scrapped the idea of a Vstol (harrier-ish) version of the F-35?
  3. 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.
  4. Navy Official Questions Need For JSF Variants | AVIATION WEEK
    Official Questions Need For JSF Variants

    The Septics thinking of scrapping one or other of the F-35 Naval variants but not both.

    Now with us finaly going for cats and traps and spending alot of extra money on them, whats the betting they scrap the C and keep the B as they dont really need it as they have the F-18?
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

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