Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) EMALS Dead Load Test

Jun 10, 2015



On June 5, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) catapulted an orange sled - known as a "dead load" - into the James River at Newport News Shipbuilding. It was a historic event, marking the first time the new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) has been used to launch an object aboard the next-generation carrier.