Why Trump wants old Steam-Powered Catapults on Aircraft

Jun 04, 2019 · Steam-Powered Catapults vs Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System Since 1950, aircraft carriers have used steam-powered catapults to launch aircraft. Steam is diverted from the ship's boilers—steam boilers powered by the ship's nuclear reactors—and piped up to just under the flight deck, where it is held and pressurized in special tanks.

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