Two U.S. Navy Vought F-8 Crusader fighters prepare to launch during carrier qualifications from the USS Midway (CVA-41) in 1963. The plane on the left seems to be a F-8D of Marine fighter squadron VMF-232 Red Devils (tailcode “WT”), whereas the F-8E to the right belongs to VF-24 Red Checkertails of Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) (tailcode “NE”), which was stationed aboard the USS Midway from 1958 to 1964. The latter aircraft also seems to be the personal plane of the Commander Air Group (CAG) of CVW-2.
A U.S. Navy Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II aircraft (BuNo 160713) from attack squadron VA-46 Clansmen on 1 July 1988. VA-46 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from 29 February to 29 August 1988.
It would be an understatement to say the U.S. Navy has some crackshot photographers! Pretty much nailed this one …
WATERS NEAR GUAM (June 8, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, after completing his 4000th flight hour. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
This is a photo of a Vought A-7E Corsair II, BuNo 160552 of VA-72, parked on the flight deck of the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67. The aircraft bears a desert camouflage paint scheme and is assigned to the commander and deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3). The camels painted beneath the aircraft’s canopy indicate the number of combat missions flown by its pilot during Operation Desert Storm. Note the name Capt “CAG” White on the side of the cockpit. March 1991 National Naval Aviation Museum Photograph Collection
Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 conduct a special patrol insertion/extraction exercise aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke, 29 SEP 2015.)
U.S. Navy pilot Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Denny Earl of attack squadron VA-163 Saints, Carrier Air Wing Sixteen (CVW-16), with both legs shattered by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire, successfully lands his Douglas A-4E Skyhawk attack plane aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34) in the Gulf of Tonkin, 20 October 1967. The nylon emergency barrier assures the wounded pilot that he will not have to make more than one attempt to land his plane.
Persian Gulf (March 17, 2008), an Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops that was found on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), rests on the cable of a sound powered telephone in the flight deck control center of the carrier. The owl was discovered in the left-main wheel well of an F/A-18 Hornet during a pre-flight inspection of the aircraft. Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 were deployed supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) flies over Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). Antietam is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn, 16 OCT 2014. Tagline quote Roberto Bolaño, 2666)
Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) spell out goodbye in Japanese on the ship’s flight deck for the Japanese Self-Defense Force Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) as George Washington departs for its 2015 patrol. Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)