An MD-3A tow tractor positions a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the pier as the plane is readied for lifting by crane onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73). Aircraft are being lifted aboard the carrier in preparation for the vessel's commissioning ceremony on July 4th
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Naval Air Station, Norfolk
Country: United States Of America (USA)
Scene Camera Operator: Sokolowski
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
Aircraft carriers are warships that act as airbases for carrier-based aircraft. In the United States Navy, these consist of ships commissioned with hull classification symbols CV (aircraft carrier), CVA (attack aircraft carrier), CVB (large aircraft carrier), CVL (light aircraft carrier), CVN (aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion) and CVAN (attack aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion). The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the United States Navy was USS Langley (CV-1) on 20 March 1922.