F/A-18 Super Hornet Undergoing Ski Jump Takeoff Trials In Demonstration for Indian Navy Written 20 August 2020

F-14A takes off from a ramp at NAS Patuxent River during "ski jump" feasibility tests, September 1982. | USN/Wikipedia; Public Domain

The Drive reports that The Boeing Company “has been flying an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet off a ground-based ski jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. This is part of a demonstration effort for the Indian Navy to show that the aircraft can operate from short take-off but arrested recovery configured (STOBAR) aircraft carriers.” Boeing spokesperson said that the company “completed extensive analysis and more than 150 flight simulations on F/A-18 compatibility with Indian aircraft carriers, and while our assessment has shown the Block III Super Hornet is very capable of launching off a ski jump, this is the next step in demonstrating that capability.”
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