Here’s another PR victory for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. A Navy F-35C test jet launched from the sea service’s next-generation electromagnetic catapult known as EMALS on Nov. 18, a move that combines two of the technologies that will be the hallmark of 21st Century naval aviation.
This comes a month after the highly publicized sea-trials of the short take-off and vertical landing F-35B aboard the USS Wasp, and the news that the overall JSF flight test program met its goals for 2011 a month early.
This announcement is the latest news from an F-35 program office that is on a full court press to show that it is righting the formerly beleaguered program in order to stave off budget cuts that Pentagon officials have famously warned about.
Click through the jump to watch a video of the jet being launched: