Navy tests new aircraft carrier catapult

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Navy Tests New Aircraft Carrier Catapult

Aircraft carriers could always use a little more room to make take off easier.

The Navy has been helping itself with steam powered catapults for a while but the USS Ford has just installed an electromagnetic catapult and they want to make sure it works so they hooked up four-ton carts and lobbed them into the water.

The new system will be more durable, more reliable and it will work with all types of planes - from light unmanned craft to heavy strike fighters. Which is great, we want the people serving our country to be as safe as possible and to have the tools they need to get the job done.

It's just funny that if you work in the Navy you'll get new equipment that includes catapults. If you work as a civilian you get new equipment - like coffee makers.

Photos of the christening of the USS Ford in 2013:

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Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford christens the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The Ford class represents the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. Among other things, it will be able to launch jets faster than previous aircraft carriers and will require fewer crew members. Standing behind Bales is Commanding officer of the ship, John F. Meier, left, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., second from left, and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, Matt Mulherin. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford, right, cheers after christening the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The Ford class represents the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. Among other things, it will be able to launch jets faster than previous aircraft carriers and will require fewer crew members. Standing behind Bales is Commanding officer of the ship, John F. Meier, left, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., second from left, and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, Matt Mulherin. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
U.S. Navy Bosons mate, Ben Hansen and his wife Jessica, of Edmore Mich., are photographed in front of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford for the christening of the ship at the Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Former President Ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales will christen the ship. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A U.S. flag commemorative button and program are displayed before the christening of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at the shipyard in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Former President Ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales will christen the ship. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An honor guard of boy scouts from the local area and Michigan welcome visitors for the christening of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at the shipyard in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Former President Ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales will christen the ship. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An honor guard of boy scouts from the local area and Michigan welcome visitors for the christening of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at the shipyard in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Former President Ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales will christen the ship. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Susan Ford Bales stands in front of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at the Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Bales, the daughter of former President Ford will christen the ship Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A life ring is displayed on a barge at Newport News Shipbuilding as workers prepare the for the christening of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at the shipyard in Newport News, Va., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Former President ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales will christen the ship Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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