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The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is the surface from which its aircraft take off and land, essentially a miniature airfield at sea. On smaller naval ships which do not have aviation as a primary mission, the landing area for helicopters and other VTOL aircraft is also referred to as the flight deck. The official U.S. Navy term for these vessels is "air-capable ships".

Flight decks have been in use upon ships since 1910, the American pilot Eugene Ely being the first individual to takeoff from a warship. Initially consisting of wooden ramps built over the forecastle of capital ships, a number of battlecruisers, including the British HMS Furious and Courageous class, the American USS Lexington and Saratoga, and the Japanese Akagi and battleship Kaga, were converted to aircraft carriers during the interwar period. The first aircraft carrier to feature a full-length flight deck, akin to the configuration of the modern vessels, was the converted liner HMS Argus. The armoured flight deck was another innovation pioneered by the Royal Navy during the 1930s. Early landing arrangements relied on the low speed and landing speed of the era's aircraft, being simply "caught" by a team of deck-hands in a fairly hazardous arrangement, but these became impractical as heavier aircraft with higher landing speeds emerged; thus an arrangement of arrestor cables and tailhooks soon became the favoured approach.

During the Cold War era, numerous innovations were introduced to the flight deck. The angled flight deck, invented by Dennis Cambell of the Royal Navy, was one prominent design feature that drastically simplified aircraft recovery and deck movements, enabling landing and launching operations to be performed simultaneously rather than interchangeably; it also better handled the higher landing speeds of jet-powered aircraft. In 1952, HMS Triumph became the first aircraft carrier to trial the angled flight deck. Another advance was the ski-jump, which fitted an angled ramp on the flight deck near the end of the aircraft's takeoff run; the change greatly reduced the distance required and became particularly useful for operating STOVL aircraft. Furthermore, various unsuccessful concepts to replace or compliment the conventional flight deck have emerged over the years, from the flexible flight deck to the submarine aircraft carrier and flying boat fighter aircraft.

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S08-49-1745 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-49-1745 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations (framed by the aft flight deck window) taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERV... More

Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) form a message with five stars and "1890-1990" to celebrate the birth centennial of the ship's namesake

Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Lauderdale State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Doug Hauser Release Status: Released to P... More

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Richard Barreto from New York, NY, and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Phelps from Detroit, MI

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Richard Barreto from New York, NY, and ...

At sea aboard USS George Washington Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Richard Barreto (left), from New York, NY, and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Phelps (right), from Detroit, MI, search for simulated hostile tar... More

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Phelps, from Detroit, MI

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Phelps, from Detroit, MI

At sea aboard USS George Washington Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Phelps, from Detroit, MI, searches for simulated hostile targets during a SWARM exercise on the ships flight deck. SWARM exercises simulate cou... More

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force prepare to engage their targets on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2) in the South China Sea, June 12, 2015. The MRF practices bo... More

S08-37-1911 - STS-008 - View of PFTA being lifted from Challenger's payload bay

S08-37-1911 - STS-008 - View of PFTA being lifted from Challenger's pa...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Views of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm reaching into the Challenger's payload bay to lift the payload flight test article (PFTA) for dynamic i... More

Capt. Keith Grumpy Kimberly, chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Capt. Keith Grumpy Kimberly, chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group (...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jun. 29, 2015) Capt. Keith "Grumpy" Kimberly, chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The event marks Kimb... More

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force practice room-entering procedures on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2) at sea in the Pacific Ocean, May 28, 2015. These Marines ... More

flight deck curtain plates
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 prepare to land on the flight deck.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transit...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sep. 11, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 prepare to land on the flight deck. Harry S. T... More

Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag in foreground
Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag in foreground

Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag...

Title devised by cataloger. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at http://hdl.loc... More

Capt. Robert A. Hall, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), describes the ship's capabilities to USS Arizona survivor Lauren F. Bruner, during a tour of the flight deck.

Capt. Robert A. Hall, commanding officer of the amphibious assault shi...

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 23, 2014) Capt. Robert A. Hall, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), describes the ship's capabilities to USS Arizona survivor Lauren F. Bruner, during a tour o... More

Installing oxygen flask racks above the flight deck of a C-87 transport at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas
Production of B-24 bombers and C-87 transports, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas. Cabbie Coleman, former housewife, works at western aircraft plant. Installing of oxygen racks above the flight deck
Installing oxygen flask racks above the flight deck of a C-87 transport at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas

Installing oxygen flask racks above the flight deck of a C-87 transpor...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Production of B-24 bombers and C-87 transports, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas. Cabbie Coleman, former housewife, works at western aircraft plant. Installing of oxygen racks above the flight deck

Production of B-24 bombers and C-87 transports, Consolidated Aircraft ...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hor...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 05, 2016) Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the Navy's only forwa... More

Production. B-24 bombers and C-87 transports. Cabbie Coleman, former housewife, works in a Western aircraft plant installing oxygen flask racks above the flight deck of a consolidated transport. This ship, adapted from the B-24 bomber, is known as the C-87, and carries one of the greatest human or cargo loads of any plane now in mass production.
Production. B-24 bombers and C-87 transports. Cabbie Coleman, former housewife, works in a Western aircraft plant installing oxygen flask racks above the flight deck of a consolidated transport. This ship, adapted from the B-24 bomber, is known as the C-87, and carries one of the greatest human or cargo loads of any plane now in mass production

Production. B-24 bombers and C-87 transports. Cabbie Coleman, former h...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Caption card lists some of the printing history of image. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Informa... More

A file photo of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) in early 1942 in Casco Bay, Maine.

A file photo of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) in early 1942 in ...

WASHINGTON (Mar. 14, 2019) A file photo of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) in early 1942 in Casco Bay, Maine, with SB2U and F4F aircraft on its flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Naval History and H... More

Maj. Thomas Abbot speaks to a crowd during the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Bataan remembrance ceremony on the ship's flight deck.

Maj. Thomas Abbot speaks to a crowd during the 75th Anniversary of the...

GULF OF ADEN (Apr. 14, 2017) Maj. Thomas Abbot speaks to a crowd during the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Bataan remembrance ceremony on the ship's flight deck. The ceremony was the last event of the five-d... More

Cutting flight deck curtain plates

Cutting flight deck curtain plates

This photograph taken by Louis Lee in 1943 shows two Kaiser Shipyards workers in Vancouver cutting flight deck curtain plates. Thousands of women worked at the shipyards.

[Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash landing on carrier flight deck, June 21, 1943]

[Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash land...

Title from caption card and item. AM-CR-11-55053. Official U.S. Navy photo. This record contains unverified data from old caption card, with subsequent revisions. See printout for notes written by EBP. Unsure of source.

Lease lend loadings. Welding wheels of Douglas twin-engine light bombers to a platform on deck insures safe transit from an American port to the bombers' destination. Crews of highly specialized workers are required to load assembled planes on shipboard and to prevent their becoming dislodged in heavy seas. These precautions are unnecessary when planes are sent unassembled in crates; however, most planes going to the Near East are shipped ready for flight within one hour after docking, since in many ports competent unloading equipment is lacking or has been demolished by Axis raids
Swedish Navy images - I1354
Two North American B-25's churn the water with hits and near misses on a Japanese frigate in the March 29, 1945 attack which cost the Japs nine ships, South China Sea

Two North American B-25's churn the water with hits and near misses on...

Photograph by U.S. Army A.A.F. No. 58062 AC. Title transcribed from item. Ira Clarence Eaker Collection.

Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini ...

Original caption: Deep Six for the Sara -- Gamely flashing the Big Three on her flight deck until the last, the gallant old aircraft carrier Saratoga is shown here just before she slid beneath the radio active ... More

Aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, Sydney Harbour, 1948 / photographer Ted Hood

Aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, Sydney Harbour, 1948 / photographer...

Note the aerials and what looks like satellite dishes on the stern under the flight deck! Also an interesting photograph because the Wikipedia article on the carrier says she carried Douglas AD Skyraiders and ... More

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy ascends after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy ascends after briefly ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy passes over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) after being waved off. The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy passes over the flight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy lifts off after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy lifts off after briefl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

EA-6B launches

EA-6B launches

At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk An EA-6B Prowler launches off the ships bow from one of four steam driven catapults. Before jet aircraft came into service in the 1950s, catapults were hydraulically powered. The st... More

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in tough-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America. A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is in the foreground

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy begins its ascent after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy begins its ascent afte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to touch down...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Hornet launches

Hornet launches

At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk An F/A-18C Hornet launches from one of the aircraft carriers four steam-driven catapults. Before jet aircraft came into service in the 1950s, catapults were hydraulically powered. ... More

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America. A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14 A aircraft is in the foreground

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An F/A-18F Super Hornet is directed to one of four steam catapults onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) prior to launch.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet is directed to one of four steam catapults onb...

7th Fleet Area of Responsibility An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA 102), is directed to one of four steam catapults onboard the aircraft carrier U... More

photo-91718037

photo-91718037

STS091-718-037 (2-12 June 1998)--- This photo taken from the aft flight deck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Discovery features Cape Cod, an easily recognizable hook-shaped peninsula in southeastern Massach... More

A History of Human Spaceflight

A History of Human Spaceflight

On April 12, 1961, the era of human spaceflight began when the Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in his Vostock I spacecraft. The flight lasted 108 minutes. Twenty years later, on... More

An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the �Gauntlets� of Electronic Warfare Squadron One Three Six (VAQ-136), practices a �touch and go� landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the �Gauntlets� of Electronic Warfare Squ...

7th Fleet Area of Responsibility An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Warfare Squadron One Three Six (VAQ-136), practices a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (C... More

Mercury On Deck, NASA Mercury project

Mercury On Deck, NASA Mercury project

The crew of the U.S.S. Kearsarge spell out the words Mercury on the ship's flight deck while on the way to the recovery area where astronaut Gordon Cooper is expected to splash down in his "Faith 7" Mercury spa... More

Overhead view of the USS ORISKANY (CV 34). Exact date shot unknown but sometime after March 1964, during this period her flight deck was used to test the E-2 Hawkeye, (seen next to the bridge) then Navy's new airborne early warning aircraft. Note also that there are only LTV F-8 Crusaders on the flight deck, this may put the image as shot between 1975-1976, the last all LTV air wing on its last cruise

Overhead view of the USS ORISKANY (CV 34). Exact date shot unknown but...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

ASTRONAUT JAMES A. MCDIVITT - MISC. - GEMINI-TITAN (GT)-4 WELCOME - ATLANTIC

ASTRONAUT JAMES A. MCDIVITT - MISC. - GEMINI-TITAN (GT)-4 WELCOME - AT...

S65-19530 (7 June 1965) --- The red carpet treatment is given to the Gemini-Titan 4 astronauts Edward H. White II and James A. McDivitt as they arrive on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp after t... More

Apollo 8 astronauts and commanding officer of the recovery ship U.S.S. Yorktown

Apollo 8 astronauts and commanding officer of the recovery ship U.S.S....

Apollo 8 astronauts and commanding officer of the recovery ship U.S.S. Yorktown walk the red carpet of the flight deck after splashdown recovery in the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 8 served as the first manned lunar o... More

Apollo 11 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 11 - Saturn Apollo Program

U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon (center), is saluted by the honor guard of flight deck crewmen when he arrives aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, prime recovery ship for the Apollo 11 mission, to watch recovery ope... More

Earth observations taken during STS-102 flight

Earth observations taken during STS-102 flight

STS102-303-017 (8-21 March 2001)--- The STS-102 crew members used a 35mm camera on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery to record this image of the Aswan High Dam. The structure was completed in 197... More

A right side view of a C-1 Trader aircraft on the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66)

A right side view of a C-1 Trader aircraft on the flight deck of the a...

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Flight deck crewmen attach an A-3D Skywarrior aircraft to a catapult during flight operations aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66)

Flight deck crewmen attach an A-3D Skywarrior aircraft to a catapult d...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS America (CV 66) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 J.H. Kirchoff Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Flight deck crewmen inspect an A-3D Skywarrior aircraft during flight operations aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66)

Flight deck crewmen inspect an A-3D Skywarrior aircraft during flight ...

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Faces of RIMPAC United Kingdom

Faces of RIMPAC United Kingdom

180722-N-OW019-1085 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 22, 2018) Leading Diver William Bowman, from Edinburgh, Scottland, assigned to Fleet Diving Unit 2, stands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harp... More

An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the “Black Knights” of

An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the “Black Knights” of

An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, lifts off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim o... More

Guests ride an aircraft elevator to the flight deck

Guests ride an aircraft elevator to the flight deck

Guests ride an aircraft elevator to the flight deck during an open ship tour day aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is in Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-t... More

160713-N-MZ309-157 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) –

160713-N-MZ309-157 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) –

160713-N-MZ309-157 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) – A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as part of Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six na... More

USS Lake Champlain conducts firefighting drill

USS Lake Champlain conducts firefighting drill

180728-N-YR245-0064 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 28, 2018) Damage control training team Sailors conduct an aircraft firefighting drill on the flight deck of guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) during the R... More

160716-N-RC734-290
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2016) -

160716-N-RC734-290 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2016) -

160716-N-RC734-290 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2016) - An MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the "Magicians" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, lifts off from the flight deck of amphibious transport dock shi... More

USS John C. Stennis - RIMPAC

USS John C. Stennis - RIMPAC

160711-N-XX566-003 JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (July 11, 2016) - Sailors prepare to man the rails aboard USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to begin... More

An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor

An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor

An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) while underway during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exerci... More

Air Department Sailors place a UH-1Y Venom Huey helicopter

Air Department Sailors place a UH-1Y Venom Huey helicopter

Air Department Sailors place a UH-1Y Venom Huey helicopter on the port elevator for transport to the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) while underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exe... More

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Marine

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Marine

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 prepare to land on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPA... More

Sailors stand at attention during an all hands call

Sailors stand at attention during an all hands call

Sailors stand at attention during an all hands call on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) prior to departing for the sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-tw... More

160623-N-RC734-140 
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 23, 2016) -

160623-N-RC734-140 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 23, 2016) -

160623-N-RC734-140 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 23, 2016) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Joshua Evans directs a CH-124 Sea King helicopter assigned to Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron 443 to depart the ... More

Sailors attach a cargo sling to a Royal Australian

Sailors attach a cargo sling to a Royal Australian

Sailors attach a cargo sling to a Royal Australian Navy S-70B Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) while conducting a vertical replenishment with the Military ... More

MH 60R Sea Hawk Conducts Flight Ops

MH 60R Sea Hawk Conducts Flight Ops

180720-N-PM193-0549 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2018) An MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the “Tropics” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49.5 prepares to land on the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer U... More

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Danyiel White, from

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Danyiel White, from

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Danyiel White, from Newark, N.J., prepares to move ordnance across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pac... More

Low-light Gun Shoot

Low-light Gun Shoot

200822-N-DK867-3081 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2020) U.S. Navy Sailors shoot 9M pistols during a low-light small arms qualification live-fire gun shoot on the flight deck aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile ... More

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Electrician’s

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Electrician’s

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Morgan Brix, left, instructs Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Caitlyn Radke, on signaling to the pilots of an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Battle... More

160725-N-MW990-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2016) Helicopter

160725-N-MW990-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2016) Helicopter

160725-N-MW990-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2016) Helicopter Sea Combatant Squadron 23’s MQ-8 Fire Scout rests on the flight deck of littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) prior to an equipment test during Ri... More

160727-N-KR702-015
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) –

160727-N-KR702-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) –

160727-N-KR702-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) – Chief Hull Technician Matthew Donovan, left, and Chief Personnel Specialist Bobby Boyles, both assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer US... More

160711-N-XX566-041 
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) -

160711-N-XX566-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) -

160711-N-XX566-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) - Sailors man the rails aboard USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to begin the at-sea phase of Rim of ... More

160712-N-MY174-021:
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors

160712-N-MY174-021: PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors

160712-N-MY174-021: PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors man the phone and distance line on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during a replenishment-at-sea with fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T... More

PLA(N) Z-9 Harbin Helicopter Lands on USCGC Waesche

PLA(N) Z-9 Harbin Helicopter Lands on USCGC Waesche

A People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army (Navy) Z-9 Harbin helicopter from the PLA(N) Haikou (DD 171) approaches the flight deck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751), during a search ... More

160711-N-RC734-089
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) -

160711-N-RC734-089 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) -

160711-N-RC734-089 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Austin Zyla, assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), directs a U.S. Army CH-47F Chino... More

180717-G-ZV557-1074 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2018) Navy

180717-G-ZV557-1074 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2018) Navy

180717-G-ZV557-1074 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2018) Navy crewmembers of the Navy HSC-4 Black Knight squadron perform helicopter maintenance July 17, aboard the flight deck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf ... More

Royal New Zealand navy sailors, assigned to multirole

Royal New Zealand navy sailors, assigned to multirole

Royal New Zealand navy sailors, assigned to multirole vessel HMNZS Canterbury (L421), finish refueling an MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, on the flight deck during Rim o... More

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