As a Fighter Squadron 41 (VF-41) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the No. 3 catapult aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72), the line attaching an aerial banner target to the aircraft is played out across the flight deck. The LINCOLN is at sea for its shakedown cruise
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Dennis Taylor
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.