An aerial view of the aircraft carriers USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), left, and USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), right, tied up at the same dock in preparation for the change of charge during the exercise RIMPAC '98. Location: PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII (HI) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
The USS INDEPENDENCE was on its way to be decommissioned, it was previously home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. The crew from the USS INDEPENDENCE cross decked onto the USS KITTY HAWK and brought it back to Atsugi, Japan. The USS INDEPENDENCE was destined for a ship yard in Washington.
Date Date Shot: 17 Jul 1998
Operation / Series: RIMPAC `98
Author Camera Operator: PH1(NAC) JAMES G. MCCARTER
Effects of a hit by a single aircraft and its bomb on the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779), while stationed at RP 9, on 17 May 1945. The bomb entered mount 52 near the back edge of its top plate and continued on, ripping out the rear bulkhead of the gun house before detonating against the main deck. The aircraft itself hit the front face of mount 51, demolishing the gun house. Photo National Archives and Records Administration.
Flight OPS aboard USS Midway circa 1973-74. These photos are from the 1974 USS Midway cruise book. Someone in Germany has slapped his water mark all across these OFFICIAL USN photos. He's null and void as far as I'm concerned. ALL USN photos are for public use as long as they are not classified.
The barricade restrains an F-14A Tomcat (BuNo 161296, modex NE107) from VF-1 "Wolfpack" during an emergency landing aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), 30 June 1984. The Tomcat had to make a barricade arrestment due to a sheared starboard strut. The recovery was successful; no injuries were sustained.
U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Hall, available from DefenseImagery.mil available from DefenseImagery.mil (# DN-ST-87-11416).
This photo was taken on 6 November 1970, as USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 embarked, departed North Island, San Diego, California, on her 5th Vietnam War Cruise (6 November 1970–17 July 1971). USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) is astern of Kitty Hawk.
Indian Ocean, January 15, 1980 — Aircraft of Carrier Air Wing One Five (CVW-15) are parked in formation aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Aircraft seen include A-6 Intruders, foreground; F-14 Tomcats and A-7 Corsair IIs, background; SH-3 Sea King helicopters, left; E-2C Hawkeyes and EA-6B Prowlers, right. US Navy photo by PHC Ken George (DVIC id # DNSN8506347).
Aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CV-36) moored at Piedmont Pier in Yokosuka, Japan, during her only Korean War deployment (8 Sept 1951–2 May 1952). Seen on deck are two Douglas AD Skyraider aircraft at the ends of their rows. They are from Carrier Air Group 15 (CVG-15): an AD-4NL from Composite Squadron VC-35 Det.D "Night Hecklers" (starboard, tail code "NR"), and an AD-4W from Composite Squadron VC-11 Det.D (port, tail code "ND"). US Navy photo.
USS Kearsarge underway during her WestPac/Korean War deployment, 11 August 1952–17 March 1953. Parked aft on deck are F2H-2 Banshees from Fighting Squadron (VF) 11 "Red Rippers," tail code "T," and at least one F2H-2P Banshee from Composite Squadron (VC) 61 Det. F "Eyes of the Fleet," tail code "PP."
Photo by LT(JG) Philip Nelson, USS
The Gemini 5 spacecraft is brought aboard USS Lake Champlain, the recovery ship, after a successful landing at the end of its mission, August 29, 1965. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Photograph # S65-46630 (GRIN DataBase Number: GPN-2000-001343).
The catapult officer on board the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) signals that a Grumman A-6E Intruder is ready for launch[, sometime in 1985–89]. Another crewman sits nonchalantly in the haven area in the centre of the deck watching the action. Photo US DoD. Text and photo from Carriers: The Men and The Machines, by David Miller and Lindsay Peacock.
Scene on the flight deck, looking aft from the carrier's island during her shakedown cruise, 20 March 1943. Planes parked on deck are F6F-3 fighters (in foreground, with wings folded) and SBD-4 scout bombers. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-698).
A Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat of Fighter Squadron (VF) 1, Carrier Air Group 5, is positioned for launch, May 1943, during USS Yorktown's (CV-10) shakedown cruise. The Hellcat is painted in the non-specular blue-gray over light-gray scheme. VF-1 (established on 15 February 1943, the second USN squadron with that designation) was redesignated VF-5 on 15 July 1943. USN photo by LT Charles Kerlee.
1968...Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver bombers of Bombing Squadron (VB) 5 pictured on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10). VB-5 went aboard Yorktown during May–June 1943 to participate in the ship's shakedown cruise. The results were disastrous, for the squadron's SB2C Helldivers suffered numerous mechanical difficulties, not the least of which was the propensity of the aircraft's tailhooks to pull out of their wells during recovery aboard the ship. Yorktown's skipper, CAPT Joseph C. "Jocko" Clark, became so irate that he had them replaced with Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive-bombers, which VB-5 eventually took into combat.
USS Intrepid (CVS-11) in Hong Kong 1967.
"The Bomb Farm." USS Intrepid (CVS-11) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 10, 1967. Plane number AK104 is a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk, BuNo 144929, assigned to Anti-Submarine Fighter Squadron (VSF) 3 "Chessmen."
A US Navy SH-3G Sea King helicopter (BuNo 149930, modex UP001) of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 1 "Pacific Fleet Angels" during Apollo 17 recovery operations, 19 December 1972, with the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) in the background. Official National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) photo, # AP17-S-72-55974HR.
S-2E Trackers of VS-29 "Dragonfires" (modex NS-200 & NS-201) and VS-35 "Boomerangs" (modex NS-303.) Summer–fall 1972 aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14).
USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) 1966. Air Wing was Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), tail code "NF." (NS021477a) Visible on the flight deck and starboard elevator are F-8E Crusaders from VF-51 "Screaming Eagles" and VF-53 "Iron Angels," as well as A-1H Skyraiders from VA-52 "Knight Riders."
Two of the Crusaders in this photo were shot down not long after the picture was taken. BuNo 150853 was hit by AAA on 19 April 1966, while escorting Skyhawks that were attacking a major road bridge five miles north of Haiphong. The pilot, CDR R. A. Mohrpardt, tried to return to Ticonderoga but had to eject over the Gulf of Tonkin as his fuel was exhausted. He was rescued by a Navy helicopter.
Bow photo of USs Ticonderoga (CVA 14) 1966. (NS021477b) The tail of an A-3B Skywarrior, aka Whale, from VAH-4 "Fourrunners," tail code "ZB," can be seen just abaft the island.
These are some "I was there photos". Yes I was . I was aboard USS Hancock(CVA-19) tied up across the pier from the Big"E". We watched these "turkeys" i.e. Tomcats get lifted aboard Enterprise. Along with VF-2 Tomcats. I think the whole evolution took about 2 1/2 hours...back in the day. Before most of those reading this were born.
USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), 1974. View from behind a Fighter-Squadron One, VF-1, F-14A “Tomcat” fighter aircraft on a pier for loading onboard the carrier at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. Photographed by PH2 Paul Burns, September 14, 1974 Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), 1974. View from behind a Fighter-Squadron One, VF-1, F-14A “Tomcat” fighter aircraft being tied down onboard the carrier at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. Photographed on September 14, 1974 Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.