By Robbin Laird
On November 17, 2020, a small number of journalists, most from the local Norfolk based media, flew from Norfolk Air Station to the USS Gerald R. Ford at sea, less than 100 miles off of the Virginia cost. We flew on the venerable C-2 Greyhound, but this was the first time I had done a carrier landing with the advanced arresting gear and the new EMALS launch gear engaged. It was clearly different. Notably, when we launched it was much smoother and much quicker than a steam catapult experience.
This article brings together a second patch of photos shot in the morning session during the launch sequence.
The video shows how the C-2 moves into place for a carrier catapult launch.