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The VTOL version of the US military's new F-35 Lightning completed its first ski-jump test, simulating a launch from British or Italian carriers.

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Want to see a big sled get flung into the water off the deck of an aircraft carrier? Don't be silly, of course you do.

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As the USS Ranger is towed to its final resting place, where it will be scrapped, drone footage of the carrier's journey has emerged. It's eerie.

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The external drop tanks that are so integral to an aircraft carrier's power projection might not be an option for aircraft on the Navy's newest flattop.

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The US Navy's X-47B, its carrier-borne, unmanned combat air system has just completed a series of testing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy has been kind enough to release footage of the drone's activities. While this isn't the first time the X-47 has operated from a carrier, it does mark the first occasion it's done so alongside active-duty aircraft, like the F/A-18 Hornet, making this a significant milestone in the UCAV's development.

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Over 100 veterans said their goodbyes to the USS Saratoga, a Forrestal-class carrier that protected the United States for nearly 50 years and saw action in Vietnam and in Operation Desert Storm. The ship's sailors were given a last look on Friday.

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A Nimitz-class American aircraft carrier is big. Really, really big. After all, it has to be, in order to launch and recover a wide array of military aircraft. But when it's not catapulting F/A-18 Super Hornets and E-2 Hawkeyes into the wild blue yonder, what exactly can you use its 1,040-foot long flight deck for? Well, BMW seems to have an idea.

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