The story says the picture is taken somewhere between Vancouver and Seattle, but that looks a lot like Sutro Tower in San Francisco in the background - then again, that doesn’t look much like San Francisco’s skyline off to the right .
I agree, it does look like Sutro Tower. My guess is that the picture was taken from the vicinity of Oyster Point / SSF and Candlestick Park (Candlestick Point). From there, that skyline could be SF with Hunter’s Point in the foreground.
One result of the Ford being the first of her class will become apparent when there are several in service and the name has become routine. The President will some day, as a crisis mounts, ask “Do we have any Fords in the area?”
I think the electro-magnetic launching system is welcome and way overdue.
But what about the landing system? Is it still the old cable and hook? Would it be possible to incorporate a magnetic system to land these planes?
I’m guessing the actual launching interface between the plane and the catapult is the same - a big hook that attaches to the front landing gear. It’s just that the hook will be moved by EM instead of steam. Otherwise, you’d have to redesign all your aircraft, and they’d be completely incompatible between carriers. Which means the arresting gear won’t change either, for the same reason. I guess they could replace the damping pistons with EM gear, but that seems to add complexity for little or no benefit.