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Captain Ned

Given what's been written about EMALS (the electric catapult) I have no doubt he had one hand on the ejection loop the entire time.

Tis one thing to make it work for a photo op. How will it work several hours into full combat conditions and sortie rates?


Ver' true, Ned. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we need to see something which has long-term utility and reliability.

LT Rusty

I don't think anyone's ever said it wouldn't work *at all*. It's just ... I can't seem to get the long-term availability statistics out of my head. Wasn't it something like 20% availability during LAND BASED testing? Y'know, during the time when it's simplest to operate and maintain?

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