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A-1H on cat USS Midway (CVA-41) 1965

A-1H on cat USS Midway (CVA-41) 1965

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-1H Skyraider (BuNo 139768) from attack squadron VA-25 Fist Of the Fleet, Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), on the port catapult of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA-41). This plane was flown ... More

A-1H Skyraider VA-176 1964

A-1H Skyraider VA-176 1964

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-1H Skyraider (BuNo 139609) of attack squadron VA-176 Thunderbolts, circa 1963-65. VA-176 was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing Ten (CVW-10) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CVA-38).

A-1H VNAF parked in front of hangar

A-1H VNAF parked in front of hangar

A Vietnamese Air Force Douglas A-1H Skyraider (U.S. Navy BuNo 139771).

A-4C launches from USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) 1967

A-4C launches from USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) 1967

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-4C Skyhawk launches from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) in the Gulf of Tonkin on 13 May 1967. The Big E, with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) embarked, was deployed to Vietnam fr... More

A-4M Skyhawk VMA-311 with Tomcat insignia parked

A-4M Skyhawk VMA-311 with Tomcat insignia parked

A U.S. Marine Corps Douglas A-4M Skyhawk (BuNo 160032) of Marine Attack Squadron VMA-311 "Tomcats" on the ground at an unidentified airfield. Note the "Tomcat" insignia on the tail.The A-4M 160032 was retired t... More

AD-6 Skyraider of VA-122 in flight c1960

AD-6 Skyraider of VA-122 in flight c1960

A U.S. Navy Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (BuNo 135232) of Attack Squadron VA-122 "Spad School" in flight.

AIM-54 Phoenix destroys QF-4 drone 1983

AIM-54 Phoenix destroys QF-4 drone 1983

A U.S. Navy AIM-54 Phoenix missile destroys a McDonnell QF-4B Phantom II target drone over the Naval Weapons Center China Lake, California (USA).

Convair XFY-1 taking off at NAAF Brown Field 1954

Convair XFY-1 taking off at NAAF Brown Field 1954

A U.S. Navy Convair XFY-1 experimental vertical take off and landing aircraft (BuNo 138649) in flight at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Brown Field, California (USA), in November 1954. Flying in the background is ... More

Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk

Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk

A U.S. Navy Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk (BuNo.35299) in flight.

Douglas XF3D-1 Skyknight in flight c1949

Douglas XF3D-1 Skyknight in flight c1949

The U.S. Navy Douglas XF3D-1 Skyknight (BuNo 121458) in flight. The aircraft was assigned to the Naval Air Test Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (USA), for evaluation.

EA-3B VQ-1 in flight South China Sea 1974

EA-3B VQ-1 in flight South China Sea 1974

A U.S. Navy Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior (BuNo 146452) from Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-1 Det.64 World Watchers in flight over the South China Sea. VQ-1 Det.64 was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9)... More

EP-3E Orion of VQ-1 in the early 1970s

EP-3E Orion of VQ-1 in the early 1970s

A U.S. Navy Lockheed EP-3B Orion (BuNo 149678) of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-1, circa 1970.149678 had been delivered as a P-3A to Patrol Squadron VP-44 on 29 October 1962. In May 1963, 3 P-3As (BuNo 1... More

F-111B launch from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 1968

F-111B launch from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 1968

A U.S. Navy General Dynamics/Grumman F-111B (BuNo 151974) being launched from the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in July 1968. It was the only F-111B to perform carrier operations after completing arre... More

F-14A Tomcat of VF-201 launches AIM-7M c1987

F-14A Tomcat of VF-201 launches AIM-7M c1987

A U.S. Navy Reserve Grumman F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 201 (VF-201) "Hunters" fires an AIM-7M Sparrow missile at the Pacific Missile Test Range, circa 1987. VF-201 transitioned to the F-14 in 1987.

F-14A Tomcat of VF-211 launches AIM-7 c1988

F-14A Tomcat of VF-211 launches AIM-7 c1988

A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron VF-211 "Checkmates" fires an AIM-7E2 Sparrow missile. VF-211 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9).

F-14A Tomcats of VF-24 in flight 1977

F-14A Tomcats of VF-24 in flight 1977

Two U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron VF-24 "Fighting Renegades" in flight. VF-24 made its last Vought F-8 Crusader cruise aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CV-19) in 1975. Upon return t... More

F-8E Crusader of VMF(AW)-232 taking off from Da Nang c1967

F-8E Crusader of VMF(AW)-232 taking off from Da Nang c1967

A U.S. Marine Corps Vought F-8E Crusader (BuNo 150295) of Marine All-Weather Fighter Squadron VMF(AW)-232 "Red Devils" taking off from DaNang, South Vietnam. It is armed with Zuni rockets and M117 340 kg bombs.

F2H-3 of VF-141 over flight deck of USS Randolph (CVA-15) 1954

F2H-3 of VF-141 over flight deck of USS Randolph (CVA-15) 1954

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee (BuNo 126434) of Fighter Squadron 141 (VF-141) "Iron Angels" clearing the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CVA-15) after a wave-off. VF-141 was assigned to Carrier ... More

F2H-4 Banshee of VF-102 over the Med 1956

F2H-4 Banshee of VF-102 over the Med 1956

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F2H-4 Banshee (BuNo 127585) of Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) "Diamondbacks" in flight over the Mediterranean Sea. VF-102 was assigned to Air Task Group 202 (ATG-202) aboard the aircraft ca... More

F4D Skyrays of VF-74 at MCAS Yuma in 1959

F4D Skyrays of VF-74 at MCAS Yuma in 1959

U.S. Navy Douglas F4D-1 Skyrays of Fighter Squadron VF-74 "Be-Devilers" at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (USA), in 1959.

FH-1 Phantom in flight in February 1948

FH-1 Phantom in flight in February 1948

A U.S. Navy McDonnell FH-1 Phantom (BuNo 111793) in flight. 111793 is today on display at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida (USA).

FJ-4B Fury VA-126 parked c1960

FJ-4B Fury VA-126 parked c1960

A U.S. Navy North American FJ-4B Fury (BuNo 143603) from Attack Squadron VA-126, circa 1960. VA-126 was a training (fleet replacement) squadron.

FM Wildcat F6F Hellcat and F8F Bearcat warbirds in flight

FM Wildcat F6F Hellcat and F8F Bearcat warbirds in flight

Three Grumman-designed fighters of the Confederate Air Force in flight (front to back): A General Motors FM-2 Wildcat (although painted as an F4F-3), a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, and a Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat.

French carrier Clemenceau (R98) underway 1981

French carrier Clemenceau (R98) underway 1981

The French aircraft carrier Clemenceau (R98) underway in the Mediterranean Sea. The photo was taken by a U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron VF-84 Jolly Rogers, Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), from... More

HSS-1N Seabat of HS-4 in flight c1961

HSS-1N Seabat of HS-4 in flight c1961

A U.S. Navy Sikorsky HSS-1N Seabat (BuNo 148010) from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron HS-4 Black Knights in flight. HS-4 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 55 (CVSG-55) aboard the aircraft carr... More

Kaydet and Texan in flight c1948

Kaydet and Texan in flight c1948

The U.S. Navy's two principal trainers of the 1940s in flight: a North American SNJ Texan flies in formation with a Stearman N2S Kaydet.

McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom landing aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) on 21 July 1946 (NNAM.1996.253.7239.003)

McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom landing aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-...

On 21 July 1946, Lt.Cmdr. James Davidson, USN, conducted the first trials of the McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom fighter aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42). He made several landings and take... More

P-38G 54th FS in Alaska c1943

P-38G 54th FS in Alaska c1943

A U.S. Army Air Forces Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning (s/n 42-13545) assigned to the 54th Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group, approaching Amchitka Army Airfield, Alaska (USA).

USS FD Roosevelt (CVA-42) with UH-25C 1963

USS FD Roosevelt (CVA-42) with UH-25C 1963

A U.S. Navy Piasecki UH-25C Retriever helicopter from Helicopter Utility Squadron HU-1 Det.42 Fleet Angels flies over its parent carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) on 25 January 1963. The FDR was deploy... More

USS Hornet island SBD Midway

USS Hornet island SBD Midway

A U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-8 or scouting squadron VS-8 landing on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) during the Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942. Note the personnel wearing bat... More

USS Maryland broadside 1920s

USS Maryland broadside 1920s

The U.S. Navy battleship USS Maryland (BB-46) fires a broadside with her 40.6 cm (16 in) guns during exercises in the Pacific Ocean, 1924-1927.

USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) moored in Antarctica c1947

USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) moored in Antarctica c1947

The U.S. Navy command ship USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) moored on the ice while supporting Operation Highjump. The attack transports USS Yancey (AKA-93) and USS Merrick (AKA-97) are visible in the background.

USS Saratoga (CVA-60) and Northampton (CLC-1) during OP Strikeback 1957

USS Saratoga (CVA-60) and Northampton (CLC-1) during OP Strikeback 195...

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) underway during the NATO exercise "Operation Strikeback", in 1957. About six destroyers are visible in the background, together with the command ship USS Nor... More

A-4PTM Skyhawk NAN7-86

A-4PTM Skyhawk NAN7-86

A McDonnell Douglas A-4PTM Skyhawk in the United States in 1986. The A-4PTM were 40 refurbished A-4Cs and A-4Ls for Malaysia and designated "PTM" for "Peculiar to Malaysia". The aircraft were modernised at the ... More

AIM-9 explodes F-89 ground target 1979

AIM-9 explodes F-89 ground target 1979

An AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missile impacts on an Northrop F-89 Scorpion ground target at the U.S. Navy Naval Weapons Center (NWC) China Lake, California (USA), 15 August 1979.

AJ-2 Savage test bed for Lycoming engines in flight

AJ-2 Savage test bed for Lycoming engines in flight

A North American AJ-2 Savage (BuNo 130418, civil registration N68667) in flight. It was used as a testbed for the AVCO Lycoming YF102-LD-100 turbofan engine used on the Northrop YA-9. The jet engine was mounted... More

Carrier Air Group 3 aircraft in flight 1946

Carrier Air Group 3 aircraft in flight 1946

A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft from Carrier Air Group 3 (CVG-3) in flight in 1946. In front is a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat flown by the Air Group Commander (CAG), Cdr. Louis H. Bauer, followed by a Curtiss SB2C-... More

CVW-11 aircraft in flight 1977

CVW-11 aircraft in flight 1977

Four U.S. Navy aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11) from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in flight, in 1977: (l-r) Grumman F-14A Tomcat (BuNo 159863) from fighter squadron VF-213 Black... More

CVW-14 aircraft in in flight 1963

CVW-14 aircraft in in flight 1963

Aircraft of the U.S. Navy Attack Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) in flight in August 1963. CVW-14 was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) for a deployment to the Western Pacific from 21 Feb... More

EA-1F retired at MASDC 1970s

EA-1F retired at MASDC 1970s

A U.S. Navy Douglas EA-1F Skyraider (BuNo 132532) at the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC), Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (USA). This aircraft had been operated by the Naval Air Trai... More

F-104A US Navy with AIM-9 NWC China Lake 1960

F-104A US Navy with AIM-9 NWC China Lake 1960

A U.S. Navy Lockheed F-104A-5-LO Starfighter (USAF s/n 56-740) carrying a Sidewinder 1-C missile at the Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake, California (USA), on 29 July 1960. The Sidewinder 1-C was developed i... More

F-14A Tomcat of VF-111 launches AIM-7M in February 1991

F-14A Tomcat of VF-111 launches AIM-7M in February 1991

A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) "Sundowners" fires an AIM-7M Sparrow missile in February 1991. VF-111 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) aboard the aircraft carrier... More

F-4B Phantom II of VF-92 approaches USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) on 24 May 1966 (NNAM.1996.253.7270.008)

F-4B Phantom II of VF-92 approaches USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) on 24 May...

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B Phantom II of Fighter Squadron 92 (VF-92) "Silver Kings" on approach for recovery on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) steaming in the Western Pacific off Vietnam on... More

F-4J Phantom II fo VF-31 in flight c1978

F-4J Phantom II fo VF-31 in flight c1978

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4J-34-MC Phantom II (BuNo 155773) of Fighter Squadron VF-31 "Tomcatters" in flight. VF-31 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) for ... More

F-4N VMFA-323 and A-6E VA-196 on USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 1980

F-4N VMFA-323 and A-6E VA-196 on USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 1980

An armed U.S. Navy Grumman A-6E Intruder (BuNo 154137) from Attack Squadron VA-196 Main Battery and a McDonnell F-4N Phantom II (BuNo 150651) from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-323 Death Rattlers are movi... More

F6F-3 Hellcats of VF-8 in flight 1943

F6F-3 Hellcats of VF-8 in flight 1943

Eight U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats of Fighting Squadron 8 (VF-8) in flight, in 1943. The photo is dated 15 March 1943, but the blue borders around the US national insignia were ordered in September 1943. VF... More

F6F-5D Hellcat at NAF Litchfield Park 1960

F6F-5D Hellcat at NAF Litchfield Park 1960

A retired U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-5D Hellcat (BuNo 94490) of Utility Squadron VU-10 at Naval Air Facility Litchfield Park, Arizona, in 1960.

Grumman F11F-1 Tiger in flight c1950s

Grumman F11F-1 Tiger in flight c1950s

A U.S. Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger (BuNo 138628) in flight. Note that this aircraft, although being part of the earlier "short nose" F11Fs, has been fitted with a longer nose section.

Kamikaze attacks USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) in April 1945

Kamikaze attacks USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) in April 1945

A Japanese kamikaze suicide plane (Yokosuka D4Y "Judy"?) attacks the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) off Okinawa, 1409 hrs, 11 April 1945. It was shot down and crashed aft of the ship.

PBY being secured during storm on Amchitka Island 1943

PBY being secured during storm on Amchitka Island 1943

U.S. Navy ground crewmen secure a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (BuNo 34016) during a storm on Amchitka Island, Alaska (USA), 28 December 1943.

Retired P4M-1Q Mercator of VQ-1 in 1960

Retired P4M-1Q Mercator of VQ-1 in 1960

A retired U.S. Navy Martin P4M-1Q Mercator (BuNo 124364) of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1), probably at Naval Air Facility Litchfield Park, Arizona (USA). 124364 was withdrawn on 5 April and scrapped.

Skyraider AEW1 778 RNAS Culdrose

Skyraider AEW1 778 RNAS Culdrose

Four Royal Navy Douglas Skyraider AEW.1s from D Flight, 849 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in flight in the 1950s.

USS California in Gatun locks up 1927

USS California in Gatun locks up 1927

The U.S. Navy battleship USS California (BB-44) in the Gatun Locks during her passage through the Panama Canal, 8 March 1927.

USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) and Essex (CVS-9) at NAS Quonset Point 1963

USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) and Essex (CVS-9) at NAS Quonset Point 196...

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island (USA), on 22 December 1963. In the background is USS Essex (CVS-9) which was returning from a deployme... More

USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) stern view 1957

USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) stern view 1957

Pilot's eye view taken during an approach for recovery on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), in 1957. Two Douglas A3D-2 Skywarrior (BuNo 138909, 138917) from Heavy Attac... More

Vought F7U Cutlass parked aft view c1956

Vought F7U Cutlass parked aft view c1956

A U.S. Navy Vought F7U-3 Cutlass parked and chocked on a concrete runway.

YC-2A NAN-1-65

YC-2A NAN-1-65

The Grumman YC-2A Greyhound prototype (BuNo 148147), during its first flight on 18 November 1964. This aircraft was also the E-2A Hawkeye prototype, which had been converted to the C-2A. This aircraft crashed i... More

A-1G VNAF parked c1965

A-1G VNAF parked c1965

A Vietnamese Air Force Douglas A-1G Skyraider (U.S. Navy BuNo 132528).

A-4E attacking train in North Vietnam c1965

A-4E attacking train in North Vietnam c1965

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-4E Skyhawk attacking a train in North Vietnam with a Zuni rocket.

A-4E Skyhawk VMA-131 dropping bombs

A-4E Skyhawk VMA-131 dropping bombs

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (BuNo 150013) of Marine Attack Squadron VMA-131 Diamondbacks assigned to the Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment (MARTD) at Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (USA)... More

AIM-9 on US Navy F-104A NWC China Lake 1960

AIM-9 on US Navy F-104A NWC China Lake 1960

A U.S. Navy Lockheed F-104A-5-LO Starfighter (USAF s/n 56-740) carrying a Sidewinder 1-C missile at the Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake, California (USA), on 29 July 1960. The Sidewinder 1-C was developed i... More

Consolidated XPB2Y-1 in flight c1939

Consolidated XPB2Y-1 in flight c1939

The U.S. Navy Consolidated XPB2Y-1 Coronado prototype (BuNo 0453) in flight. The aircraft had originally been fitted with a single tail, but it had to be reconstructed with a twin tail and a new under hull.

F-14A Tomcat of VF-2 in flight on 12 September 1973 (NNAM.1996.253.7419.017)

F-14A Tomcat of VF-2 in flight on 12 September 1973 (NNAM.1996.253.741...

A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A-65-GR Tomcat (BuNo 158629) from Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) "Bounty Hunters" in flight on 12 September 1973. the aircraft was on a flight out of Naval Air Station Miramar, California (US... More

F-4B VF-111 dropping bombs on Vietnam

F-4B VF-111 dropping bombs on Vietnam

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B Phantom II of Fighter Squadron VF-111 Sundowners drops 227 kg Mk 82 bombs over Vietnam during 1971. VF-111 was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) aboard the aircraft carr... More

F-4F ICE Phantom launches AIM-120

F-4F ICE Phantom launches AIM-120

A German Luftwaffe McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II (s/n 37+15) launches an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile. 110 of 175 German F-4Fs were modernized between 1991 and 1996, the programme was called "Improved Combat Effi... More

F-4F Phantom of JG 74 in the 1970s

F-4F Phantom of JG 74 in the 1970s

A German Luftwaffe McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II (s/n 38+28) of Jagdgeschwader 74 which was (and is) based at Neuburg an der Donau air base, Bavaria (Germany). The Phantom wears the original grey/green pain... More

F-4J of VMFA-451 at NAS Miramar in 1976

F-4J of VMFA-451 at NAS Miramar in 1976

A U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell F-4J-35-MC Phantom II (BuNo 155821) from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-451 "Warlords" at Naval Air Station Miramar, California (USA), on 13 November 1976. VMFA-451 was assign... More

F-8D Crusader of VF-111 fires Zuni rocket 1965

F-8D Crusader of VF-111 fires Zuni rocket 1965

A U.S. Navy Vought F-8D Crusader (BuNo 147056) of Fighter Squadron VF-111 "Sundowners" fires a Zuni rocket over South Vietnam. VF-111 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) aboard the aircraft carrier USS M... More

F2H-2s VF-172 on USS Essex (CV-9) c1951

F2H-2s VF-172 on USS Essex (CV-9) c1951

Three U.S. Navy McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee (BuNo 124971, 124972, 124982) of Fighter Squadron VF-172 Blue Bolts being serviced by maintenance personnel are on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9... More

F7U-3 Cutlass of VX-3 in flight c1955

F7U-3 Cutlass of VX-3 in flight c1955

A U.S. Navy Vought F7U-3 Cutlass (BuNo 128464) from Air Development Squadron VX-3 out of Naval Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA), in flight.

F9F-2B VF-837 landing on USS Antietam (CV-36) 1951

F9F-2B VF-837 landing on USS Antietam (CV-36) 1951

A U.S. Navy Grumman F9F-2B Panther from reserve Fighter Squadron VF-837 landing on the aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CV-36) in 1951. VF-837 was assigned to Carrier Air Group 15 (CVG-15) aboard the Antietam for... More

F9F-8B Cougars of VMA-121 in flight c1958

F9F-8B Cougars of VMA-121 in flight c1958

Four U.S. Marine Corps Grumman F9F-8B Cougars of Marine Attack Squadron VMA-121 in flight. VMA-121 flew the Cougar in 1957-58.

FJ-4B of VMA-212 on USS Oriskany (CVA-34) 1960

FJ-4B of VMA-212 on USS Oriskany (CVA-34) 1960

A U.S. Marine Corps North American FJ-4B Fury (BuNo 143585) of Marine Attack Squadron VMA-212 is taxiing up to the catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34). Oriskany, with assigned Carrier Air... More

HNS-1 fliyng over TG 68.2 in Antarctica c1947

HNS-1 fliyng over TG 68.2 in Antarctica c1947

The U.S. Coast Gaurd Sikorsky HNS-1 helicopter fyling over the U.S. Navy Task Group 68.2 in Antarctic waters during Operation Highjump. The ships in background are the command ship USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) and... More

Japanese plane shot down over USS Cabot (CVL-28) during Battle of the Philippine Sea 1944

Japanese plane shot down over USS Cabot (CVL-28) during Battle of the ...

A Japanese plane is shot down over the U.S. Navy Task Force 58 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19 June 1944. The photo was taken from the light aircraft carrier USS Cabot (CVL-28), which SC air search ... More

Lockheed XFV-1 in flight over the desert 1954

Lockheed XFV-1 in flight over the desert 1954

The U.S. Navy Lockheed XFV-1 in flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California (USA).

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat of VF-17) aboard USS Hornet (CV-12), in 1945 (NNAM.1996.253.7180.039)

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat of VF-17) aboard USS Hornet (CV-12), in 1945 (NN...

A U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat of Fighting Squadron 17 (VF-17) "Jolly Rogers" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-12). VF-17 was assigned to Carrier Air Group 17 (CVG-17) aboard the Hor... More

SB2C-5 crash USS Kearsarge 1948

SB2C-5 crash USS Kearsarge 1948

A U.S. Navy Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver of attack squadron VA-34 Black Panthers, Carrier Air Group 3 (CVG-3), pictured in the midst of a spectacular barrier crash on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kea... More

T-1A Seastar VT-7 at NAS Pensacola 1959

T-1A Seastar VT-7 at NAS Pensacola 1959

A U.S. Navy Lockheed T2V-1 Seastar (BuNo 144209) assigned to Training Squadron VT-7 at the Overhaul and Repair facility at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida (USA), in 1959.

TBM-3Q wave off USS Shangri-La 1947

TBM-3Q wave off USS Shangri-La 1947

A U.S. Navy Grumman TBM-3Q Avenger of attack squadron VA-6A Torpcats takes a waveoff during flight operations on board the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) operating off the coast of Southern California ... More

USS Enterprise (CV-6) is hit by kamikaze - seen from USS Essex (CV-9) on 14 May 1945

USS Enterprise (CV-6) is hit by kamikaze - seen from USS Essex (CV-9) ...

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) in flames after the ship was hit by a kamikaze off Kyushu. The forward elevator is blown up by the blast. The photo was taken from USS Essex (CV-9). Vought F... More

USS Princeton (LPH-5) underway at sea, circa 1965 (NNAM.1996.488.060.030)

USS Princeton (LPH-5) underway at sea, circa 1965 (NNAM.1996.488.060.0...

The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Princeton (LPH-5) underway, circa 1965.

XA2J-1 NAN6-53

XA2J-1 NAN6-53

A North American XA2J-1 Savage. A turboprop-version of the AJ, it never became a success due to the troublesome Allison T40 engines.

A-1J VA-25 dropping Mk 81 bombs Vietnam 1965

A-1J VA-25 dropping Mk 81 bombs Vietnam 1965

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-1J Skyraider (BuNo 142048) from attack squadron VA-25 Fist of the Fleet, piloted by the squadron CO Cdr. Harry E. Ettinger, dropping Mk 81 113 kg (250 lbs) bombs over Vietnam. VA-25 was as... More

A-3 test aircraft at Point Mugu 1960s

A-3 test aircraft at Point Mugu 1960s

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-3 Skywarrior aircraft on the ground at Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, California (USA). Three aircraft are visible: A-3A BuNo 135409, this aircraft was retired to the MASDC as 2A0103 on... More

A-7B VA-155 refueling F-8J VF-191 1972

A-7B VA-155 refueling F-8J VF-191 1972

A U.S. Navy Grumman Ling Temco-Vought A-7B-3-CV Corsair II (BuNo 154489) from attack squadron VA-155 Silver Foxes refuels a Vought F-8J Crusader (BuNo 150663) from fighter squadron VF-191 Satan's Kittens over V... More

AJ-2 refuels FJ-3M Fury fighters 1958

AJ-2 refuels FJ-3M Fury fighters 1958

A U.S. Navy North American AJ-2 Savage (BuNo 134043) of Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-7 Det.45 Peacemakers of the Fleet refueling North American FJ-3M Fury fighters (BuNo 139232, 139231) from Fighter Squadron VF-62... More

Douglas R4Ds in the Antarctic c1947

Douglas R4Ds in the Antarctic c1947

U.S. Navy Douglas R4D Skytrain aircraft lined up on the ice at the Little America IV station in Antarctica during Operation Highjump.

F-4B of VF-31 landing on USS Saratoga (CVA-60) in 1964

F-4B of VF-31 landing on USS Saratoga (CVA-60) in 1964

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B Phantom II of Fighter Squadron VF-31 "Tomcatters" landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) on 26 October 1964. VF-31 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) aboard... More

F-4B VF-96 firing Zuni rockets c1967

F-4B VF-96 firing Zuni rockets c1967

A U.S. Navy McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II (BuNo 152283) from Fighter Squadron VF-96 Fighting Falcons firing "Zuni" rockets at a target in South Vietnam in 1966. VF-96 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW... More

F-4J of VF-74 First in Phantoms in flight in 1981

F-4J of VF-74 First in Phantoms in flight in 1981

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4J-28-MC Phantom II (BuNo 153777) of Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) "Be-Devilers" in flight. VF-74 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV... More

F-8 Crusader of VMF-334 on the ground

F-8 Crusader of VMF-334 on the ground

A U.S. Marine Corps Vought F-8C Crusader from Marine Fighter Squadron 334 (VMF-334) "Falcons".

First F-8D Crusader in flight in 1960

First F-8D Crusader in flight in 1960

The first U.S. Navy Vought F8U-2N Crusader (BuNo 147035) in flight. The F8U-2N (after 1962: F-8D) was an all-weather version with an uprated J57-P-20 engine with 18,000 lbf (80 kN) of afterburning thrust, a lan... More

German F-4F ICE Phantoms in flight 1990s

German F-4F ICE Phantoms in flight 1990s

Three German Luftwaffe McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II in flight. 110 of 175 German F-4Fs were modernized between 1991 and 1996, the programme was called "Improved Combat Efficency (ICE)". The modernization c... More

NAS Midway Sand Island aerial photo 1945

NAS Midway Sand Island aerial photo 1945

Aerial of Sand Island, Naval Air Station Midway in 1945. Note the tenders and the submarines in the submarine basin at the top of the photo.

Pilot ejects from RF-8A 1963

Pilot ejects from RF-8A 1963

U.S. Navy Lieutenant (junior grade) J.M. Baucom ejects from the cockpit of an Vought RF-8A Crusader (BuNo 145634) of Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron VFP-62 on 13 November 1963. He ejected safely and was p... More

SB2C-4E Helldiver of VB-6 in flight in 1945

SB2C-4E Helldiver of VB-6 in flight in 1945

A U.S. Navy Curtiss SB2C-4E Helldiver of Bombing Squadron 6 (VB-6) in flight over the Pacific Ocean. VB-6 operated SB2C-3, -3E, -4, and -4E versions of the aircraft during its combat tour aboard the aircraft ca... More

TBF-1 VT-10 CV-6 1943-44 NAN2-80

TBF-1 VT-10 CV-6 1943-44 NAN2-80

A damaged U.S. Navy Grumman TBF Avenger of torpedo squadron VT-10, Carrier Air Group 10 (CVG-10), on deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6). The aircaft had been flown by Cliff Largess and is shown ... More

US Navy ejection seat test with TV-2 in 1954

US Navy ejection seat test with TV-2 in 1954

View of an ejection seat test involving U.S. Navy Lockheed TV-2 Shooting Star aircraft (BuNo 124572, 124571 as chase plane) at the Naval Parachute Unit flying from Naval Air Facility El Centro, California (USA)... More

US Task Group 68.2 operating in Antarctica c1947

US Task Group 68.2 operating in Antarctica c1947

The U.S. Coast Gaurd icebraker USCGC Northwind (WAG-282) and the U.S. Navy command ship USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) steaming in Antarctic waters while supporting Operation Highjump. The attack transports USS Yanc... More

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