F2H-2 Banshee aircraft of Fighter Squadron (VF) 172 pictured being serviced by maintenance personnel are on the flight deck of the carrier Essex (CV 9) operating off the coast of Korea. Between August 23 and 25, 1951, VF-172 aircraft went into action for the first time. During one mission, in company with F9Fs, they escorted U.S. Air Force B-29s on high-altitude bombing missions over North Korea. -U.S. Navy photo