Monday, June 28, 2010

Super-Tech builds new Supercarrier

A fascinating look at the building of CVN-78, the USS Gerald R. Ford, the lead ship in the first new class of aircraft carriers since 1968. It replaces steam catapults with electromagnetic ones and includes numerous technical leaps, both in physical setup and in computerization, to launch more sorties (a sortie is the flight of an individual plane) more quickly than older carriers, using a smaller crew, and, thanks to 3D visualization systems, costing less to build than the last carrier from the Nimitz class, the current mainstays of Naval aviation.

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