|All Steamed Up
Aircraft that operate from current aircraft carriers must be able to tolerate steam ingestion from ship's steam-powered catapults. The TC-7 catapult facility at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, is used to evaluate aircraft-catapult compatibility. Copious billows of steam (actually water vapor) are introduced to ensure that aircraft engines do not stall or surge. Here, an LTV Corsair II (aka SLUF) is subjected to as much steam as it can handle to verify it is fit for carrier operations. (This Aerocature was created for the cover of the May-June 1991 issue of Naval Aviation News.)
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- 8/17/14: Hank Caruso was on-hand on the USS Theodore Roosevelt for
history in the making! The US Navy's X-47 UCAS, nicknamed "Iron Raven," underwent its first
fleet integration tests. Read more about the historic day here.