Cold War Era Aviation Catapults at NAS Patuxent River

Monday, January 30th; 7:00-8:00pm

Dr. James Gibb will use an archaeological framework to discuss catapult systems developed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River during the Cold War era.

USS Gerald R. Ford, representing a new class of aircraft carrier, uses an electromagnetic aircraft launching system, first developed for the US Navy in St. Mary’s County. That original experimental system, the 1945 Electropult, was demolished in 2021 after detailed documentation. This illustrated presentation examines from the perspective of industrial archaeology several catapult systems developed at NAS Patuxent River during the Cold War.