Video: The F-35C’s First Catapult Launch

Here you have it; video of the first ever catapult launch of an F-35C carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter. The JSF’s inaugural cat shot happened yesterday at the Navy’s air engineering center at Lakehurst ,N.J.

From appearances, the shot went off without a hitch. This is one more small step toward getting the jet to the fleet.

10 Comments on "Video: The F-35C’s First Catapult Launch"

  1. Awesome.

    Why is there no Kenny Loggins playing in the background?

  2. I was reading elsewhere that the nose bobble at the start of the pull is typical of empty/low weight of the aircraft. It should go away with a loaded aircraft.

  3. Just me or did it look like there was a lot of elevator and aileron movement going on? I am assuming that the F-35, like the F-16, was designed to be inherently unstable, but…..

  4. tribulationtime | July 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    WOW!!! Any other plane did it so smooth never

  5. While I frequently rail against the AF and their toys, I gotta admit I am a sucker for some miltech porn.

  6. Great Launch, next is a good trap.

  7. Ain't it great to spend all those fat taxpayer dollars?

    A bit timid about pulling in the landing gear. eh?

  8. Enjoy it while you can as like it's twin engine older brother, the F-22 Raptor; the Obama Administration was soon label the F-35 Lightning II as being a relic of the Cold War and cap production of the F-35 fighter jet at 2.

  9. I actually work on this acft as a Qa. I was involved with the release of this cat. launch. I can tell you it had only 6 flts on it, performed exceptionally well. and had a 6k fuel load on it. (Max is 19K) We did 3 more succesful cat launches consecutively with a hot pit..it kicked Butt! and came back code 1 to boot!

  10. oBAMA IS STUCK – TOO MUCH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION IN THE BUILD OF THIS BIRD! mOST OF EUROPE, THE AUSIES, CANADIANS ALL BUILDING PART OF IT.

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