An A-7 Corsair II aircraft starts down the starboard catapult during a takeoff from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64), 7/1/1980. PH1 David C. Maclean.
A view of two Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair aircraft en route to their targets during Operation Desert Storm. The aircraft are carrying Mark 20 Rockeye II anti-tank cluster bombs on their outboard wing pylons and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on their fuselage pylons. VA-72 is based aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), which is operating in the Red Sea, 2/1/1991. Commander Leenhouts.
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47). Ordnancemen hauling bombs on the carrier's flight deck, preparing planes for attacks on enemy targets in Korea, circa 19 October 1950. A Douglas AD-4 "Skyraider" of Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) is behind them, with small bombs on its wing racks. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
An Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E Intruder aircraft ascends after taking off from NAS, Fallon. The aircraft, armed with Mark 76 practice bombs and an inert-AGM-88 HARM missile, will be taking part in a training sortie against a simulated radar threat environment, 6/14/1993. PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky.
Western Pacific. An F-14 “Tomcat” aircraft of Fighter Squadron One, VF-1, from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in flight. Photographed by February 1977. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
I miss the F-4 and the Tomkat, first time I saw the "Blues", they were suited up in Phantoms, it was impressive. I remember crew chief's with bottles of "simple green", spit shining birds, I was about 14 or 15.....
but the 130's at LRAFB did a LAPES drop and a JATO departure, equally impressive!
well, there I go lying again, "damn hell", nothings more impessive than the blues!