CMDR. John R. Leenhouts, executive officer of Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72), pilots his A-7E Corsair aircraft over the desert on his return flight to the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in the Red Sea after a strike on Iraqi targets during Operation Desert Storm. Each camel painted beneath Leenhouts' name on the side of the aircraft represents a strike mission flown during the conflict
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM
Scene Camera Operator: LCDR Parsons
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.