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July 28, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The Navy’s newest fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, has completed its first steam catapult launch just as naval aviation celebrates its 100th anniversary. EAA AirVenture is conducting a week-long celebration of naval aviation featuring an example of many of the aircraft used by the U.S. Navy over the years.
The launch was conducted from land at Lakehurst, N.J., and was completed July 27, marking an important step toward initial ship trials in 2013.
The catapult is the same as that currently used by Navy aircraft. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the F-35, and features larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear. The larger wing surfaces are needed for the slower launch and landing speeds needed for ship operations.
Tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship series, including two U.S. races, are now on sale.
Organizers of the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., need to raise $500,000 by Dec. 15 to ensure they can insure the 2014 event.
Military demonstration teams will return to the airshow circuit in 2014, budget uncertainty notwithstanding.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.