The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft carrier, made history Saturday when it launched and landed aircraft using magnetic technology, according to Fox News. Previous Navy aircraft utilize steam-driven catapulting devices.
“Today, U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford made history,” said Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces. “Great work by the Ford team and all the engineers who have worked hard to get the ship ready for this milestone.”
Not everyone believed that the substantial effort to build the Ford-style craft was worth its $13 billion price tag, including President Trump. As late as last spring Trump questioned the aircraft’s development and whether it would still be feasible to use steam-driven technology.
Saturday marked a breakthrough. A week after the Commander in Chief commissioned the U.S.S. Ford, its team of sailors and airmen put to the test what had already been accomplished on land at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The results were stellar.
Under perfect weather, A-18F Superhornet fighter jets launched and landed seemingly effortlessly, igniting hoorahs and thumbs-up from the Ford’s flight deck crew, and praise from its captain.
“This is the first shipboard recovery and launch of a fleet fixed wing aircraft,” said Captain Rick McCormack, Ford’s commanding officer.
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