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US Navy’s newest Hornet playground near service entry

The US Navy’s newest playground for its Hornets, Super Hornets and – in the future – Lightning II multi-role fighters is nearing its entry into service. The US Navy press office has confirmed that the USS Gerald R. Ford – an aircraft carrier of a new kind – will be delivered in September.

First CVN 78 will undergo ship sea trials between July and August.

F/A-18E Super Hornet on AAG

The almost 13 billion dollar vessel has been plagued with delays. One of them being the new catapult system, which no longer uses steam but electromagnetics to launch aircraft into the air.

Also, the new turbo-electric landing system has been cause for concern, but manufacturer General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems just reported the first aircraft arrest with the Advanced Arresting Gear on 31 March, done with a US Navy Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18E Super Hornet on the tarmac of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

CVN 78 USS Gerald R. Ford in the James River during the ship's launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard. (Image © Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell / US Navy)
CVN 78 USS Gerald R. Ford in the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard. (Image © Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell / US Navy)

Legendary USS Nimitz

With an official 97 percent of the US Navy’s next-generation supercarrier complete, Newport News Shipbuilding is confident with that the Ford can replace the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) later this year.

At the same time the builder says it is cutting down costs for the second ship in the class, the USS John F. Kennedy, that will trade places with the legendary USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 2021.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A F/A-18F Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The ship is planned to be replaced by the next-generation supercarrier USS Enterprise (CVN 80) by 2025 (Image © Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Casey S. Trietsch / US Navy)

Impressive in an IMAX kinda way

So yeah, we know it says 6 November 2013 in the description of this YouTube clip whereas today is 6 November 2014, but it doesn’t matter. This clip, showing a first person view of the work of a catapult crew member on board the US Navy’s USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, is too cool not to be viewed even years after now.

Why? Because the moment that Grumman EA-6B Prowler fills the whole screen after the minute 3.00 mark, slowy lumbering forward like some kind of menancing beast, is impressive in an IMAX kinda way. As you crawl under that thing, along with the cameraman, you hold our breath, as you know those engines are willing to suck up anything, hot air comes out of hot exhausts, sharp antennas stick out everywhere, and there’s also that catapult boiling beneath your feet, ready to hurl 60,000 pounds of Prowler out over the ocean.

Yes, its routine for the guy carrying the camera, but not for us. And be sure to turn up the volume more than a little!

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

Lumbering forward like a menacing beast. (Image © YouTube)
You’re about to crawl under that thing. (Image © YouTube)