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.

  • Matt

    Awesome.

    Why is there no Kenny Loggins playing in the background?

    • Taggart

      Thanks! Now I can’t get “(Highway to the) Danger Zone” out of my head…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567566299 Mark O’Connell

    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.

    • IknowIT

      That doesnt sound right

  • Bob

    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…..

    • PMI

      Looks about the same as an F-22 during takeoff. *shrug*

    • Guest A

      Just you…

    • Guest A

      There are ailerons on the F-35C I do believe, but not the A and B.

  • tribulationtime

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

  • SJE

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

  • LCDR_KENT

    Great Launch, next is a good trap.

  • Hunter78

    Ain’t it great to spend all those fat taxpayer dollars?

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

    • IknowIT

      Hi troll, if you knew anything you would know that all test flights for every aircraft are done gear down.

      • Matt M.

        I don’t think he’s a “troll” just for making an observation/asking a question.
        We aren’t all as smart as YOU!!

  • OMEGATALON

    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.

    • Cheesed

      See, Hunter? SEE?

  • Ray

    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!

    • Guest A

      You guys are doing good things there Ray, getting flights in and out on a daily basis. I knid of miss turning wrenches over there and I’m glad to see the maintainers carry the load right now. Good stuff!

  • JOHN

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