The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that assists aircraft in taking off could throw a pickup truck over a mile

The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that assists aircraft in taking off could throw a pickup truck over a mile

Aircraft Launching System

An aircraft catapult is a device used to launch aircraft from ships, most commonly used on aircraft carriers, as a form of assisted take off. It consists of a track built into the flight deck, below which is a large piston or shuttle that is attached through the track to the nose gear of the aircraft, or in some cases a wire rope, called a catapult bridle, is attached to the aircraft and the catapult shuttle. Different means have been used to propel the catapult, such as weight and derrick, gunpowder, flywheel,air pressure, hydraulic, and steam power. The U.S. Navy is developing the use of electromagnets with the construction of the Gerald R.Ford class aircraft carrier.

 

Aircraft launching mechanism

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