Flight deck crewmen watch as an F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 154 (VF-154), its engine exhaust hitting the blast deflector, begins its launch from a catapult on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) during PACEX '89
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: PACEX '89
Scene Camera Operator: PH1 (Nac) Wilcox
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.