Naw. You have to have a way to test out jet engines on a ship before you install them in aircraft, so a special part of the ship was created on the fantail (back end of the ship to you land lubbers) where you can hook up power and fuel to an engine and go through its full range of operating parameters. When I was working the future carrier program a few years ago there was talk that the new Joint Strike Fighter engine would be an “install, ready-for-issue” engine right out of its canister. Seems to me that concept went by the wayside, and seems to me, even with my paltry number of single-engine jet hours, that going by the wayside is a good thing. The fact that the Navy is going back to a single engine jet (not seen in the fleet since the retirement of the A-7 Corsair in the early 90’s) creates its own set of possible hand wringing scenarios, but from all accounts the F-135 engine is a beasty, and a trusting sort of motor. Still, as my Dad said a long time ago (after others, I’m sure), it is far better to call back to base and tell them that you are shutting down AN engine rather than telling them you are shutting down THE engine.
060531-N-1960H-108 Pacific Ocean (May 31, 2006) – Aviation intermediate maintenance department’s (AIMD) jet shop tests an F/A-18F Super Hornet jet engine on the fantail aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Thomas J. Holt (RELEASED)
Over on the Instapinch there’s a little story I just put up titled “Camelot 114” about a rather interesting hop – or rather the end to it – we had on cruise in the Med back in the day. It has some kinda interesting pilot gun-camera video in there, so strap in and go take a look, if you’d like.
–posted by Pinch