Well... (off topic kinda) I wrote this massive post yesterday, all about our steam catapult and the new Electromagnet Assisted Launch System (EMALS) and I mean a long post, 4 youtube videos, 2 photos I uploaded to image-shack - I guess I never hit the upload button, cause I sure can't find it.
Even weirder (I swear) as I started typing this message, I had the second power outage today since I got home from work, the computer went down, asked if I wanted to start Windows normally and took me back to this message where I was typing the words Image-shack above - weird.
I'll get some videos linked here next post, but just type EMALS in Youtube and you will see a F-18 Strike Force Jet and a Prop Cargo Plane being launched from the EMALS - the GRAY BUILDING in the near background is my workplace, so you get to see how far it is from this $5 billion project to eliminate the need for the massive steam systems aboard "future carriers" and replace it with this (so far moderately successful) electromagnetic launch. Either way it is cool to watch, there are several videos there and one really shows off my building and BETWEEN the jet and my building is the steam catapults, one at ground level, one on the raised platform.
Note in the first video here - the LAST LAUNCH in this video is MY VIEW from work. Navy launches first aircraft using EMALSNAVAIR AIREEL: EMALS launch of C-2A Greyhound
Cool stuff really, and we are steaming now for nearly 2 weeks straight, practically unheard of in 2 decades, it has me working straight midnights until mid August.
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NO UPDATE. Still awaiting to find out of I past my Stationary Engineers Test. Over the last few years several of us have upgraded licenses, this is my second upgrade and everyone has heard in 3 days time - except for me, which is NOT a bad sign, because they all heard whether they passed or not - so I take no inference from not hearing yet, I did call the training center where I went to school for nearly 2 months (although realistically most of that time was ON-LINE Study) but still, they are the ones to email us our results along with the grade - and actual state notification is several weeks later. I do hope to hear from them tomorrow, by Friday or I'll be refilling the Xanax bottle - lol. So, check out EMALS in youtube and see where your money is going. It's only at Navy Lakehurst and I get to watch this stuff every day which never gets old :)
Now... let me see if I remember to hit the POST button.