An early PBY, delivered on 19 March 1937 to VP-12F, based at NAS Seattle at Sand Point, on Lake Washington. VP-12F aircraft were marked with two red stripes on the elevators and rudders in 1937. Photo from: US Navy / National Naval Aviation Museum
Seen from the bow of the USS Enterpise (CVN-65), this flight line of Hornets. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 Sidewinders transferred from the legacy Hornet, like this one seen on the picture, to F/A-18E Super Hornet in 2011.
New refueling old... the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet refuels an S-3B Viking overhead the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during operations in the Persian Gulf. The Super Hornet replaced the Viking in this role from 2007 onwards. In the near future, the refueling task will be transferred to the Boeing MQ-25 Stingray, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will deploy with a Carrier Air Wing. This relieves the Super Hornet a bit from their busy multi-role task.
The cat launch... you have to see it (and feel it)! Especially from deck level near one of the four steam catapults of an American super carrier. The steam pressure builds up and pushes an average aircraft in just two seconds from 0 mph to some 150 mph (240 km/u) in 310 feet (94 m) with up to 3.5g's (recalculating this acceleration compared to an average car, that would be something as an acceleration from 0 mph to 60 mph (100km/u) in 0,8 sec!
The squadron commanders aircraft on the cat of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship was sailing in the Persian Gulf and operations continued 24/7 with multiple launches and recoveries during the day. This baby Hornet was launched during first light.
There are Tomcats and there are beautiful Tomcats. A classic picture of a towed Tomcat over the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The aircraft was on its way to the the rear of the flight deck where it was positioned for an upcoming morning launch. Many Tomcats were scrapped at AMARG to prevent spare parts feeding to Iran. Luckily, this beauty was relieved from that fate. Since September 2006, 164342 is preserved at the Wings over Miami Museum at Kendall (FL).
Seagulls from the USS Louisville in formation over Sydney during a goodwill visit. The ship's full complement was four aircraft. 0408 was lost at sea on June 4, 1943 when operating from the USS Savannah. Cruiser scout squadrons had detachments of aircraft on several ships at the same time. Photo from: State Library of Victoria
Green shirts on deck of a US aircraft carrier are Air wing maintenance and quality control personnel, catapult and arresting gear crews, Visual Landing Aid electricians, Hook Runners, Cargo-handling personnel, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) troubleshooters, Photographer's mates and Helicopter landing signal enlisted personnel (LSE) and Hook Up man (ensures that aircraft launchbar (left) and holdback fitting (right) are properly seated in the catapult). This green shirt on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) verifies the EA-6B weight with the pilot and the catapult crew prior to launch.
The very first F/A-18F cruise took place on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in 2003. Together with sister squadron VFA-14 Tophatters (operating the F/A-18E), VFA-41 Black Aces flew numbers of missions from the Nimitz in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This F/A-18F of the Black Aces is being prepped for the launch and is just lowering its folded wings.
An EP-3E Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronic System (ARIES) II seen during its landing at its Forward Operating Base (FOB) Souda air base (Crete, Greece). This aircraft belonged to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) "World Watchers". Its role is aerial reconnaissance and gathering electronic and signals intelligence. The squadron is is based at NAS Whidbey Island (WA). The EP-3Es wil be retired soon, as the modern P-8A Poseidon (a military variant of the Boeing 737) is taking over its role.