Photos Aircraft Carriers

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the 'Liberty Bells' of Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115, pictured trapping on Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Indian Ocean, March 13th, 2021.

German carrier Graf Zeppelin after the rebuilding of her bow to match the “Atlantic” styling added to the majority of large German surface ships in the late 1930s to decrease wetness. By comparing the shades of the steel, it’s evident where the graft for the new bow began - this is indicated by the lighter section at the waterline running up to the back of the scaffolding. Note here that her casemate guns have been installed, so this photo was taken near the pinnacle of the ship’s construction, before the guns were removed for use in Norway in 1940 after the conquest of that nation. One of her twin 15cm (6”) SK C/28 mountings is visible two levels below the outward curve of the flight deck, the top of the casemate being in line with the upper edge of the bow. A second identical mounts would be slightly aft, followed by a pair of twin mounts situated near her stern, with the arrangement duplicated on the starboard side for a total of eight twin mounts (16 x 15cm guns).

The Royal Navy Carrier HMS Ark Royal took her ceremonial gun tampions to an unprecedented level as seen here on her .50inch quads in the late 1930's.

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Great images captured by the USS America's PAO and Photo section as America transits the Suez Canal northbound on 21 October 1981. The President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, had just been assassinated days earlier and America was on full alert. The hanger bay was filled, and the F-14s of VF-114 and VF-213 were stacked in this creative way to minimise attack from the eastern bank. Southbound, the ship conducted a "We Did The Ditch" marathon, and northbound the crew were restricted to below deck. Scans from originals provided to
Kevin Sullivan
by the Photo Section.

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Great Planes: The Douglas SBD Dauntless

"Between May and November 1942 -- from Coral Sea to The Slot," wrote Barrett Tillman, "SBDs had sunk six Japanese carriers of 130,000 total displacement and badly damaged others on three occasions. A battleship, three cruisers, and four destroyers had also gone down under SBD bombs."

Tillman added that during World War II "Over 300,000 tons of enemy shipping went down under SBD bombs, including at least 18 warships ranging from submarines to battleship." Tillman believes that the Dauntless was the most important aircraft of the year 1942 and perhaps of the Pacific War.

During its combat service, the SBD proved to be an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber. It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, maneuverability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics from the perforated dive brakes, good defensive armament, and ruggedness. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

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Great Planes: The Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider

The Douglas aircraft company received a contract in 1944 to design a new torpedo bomber for the United States Navy. Originally designated the XBT2D-1, the prototype first flew on March 18, 1945. Given the name Skyraider, the torpedo bomber could carry 4,000 pounds of bombs, climb faster than a P-38 Lightning or a P-51 Mustang at 3,680 feet per minute, and reach 375 miles per hour in level flight. Redesignated the AD-1, it began its service in the fleet towards the end of 1946. Later versions of the Skyraider saw service over the jungles of Vietnam, more than 20 years after the prototype first took to the air.

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Cleveland-class light cruiser USS Santa Fe (CL-60) assisting the heavily damaged USS Franklin (CV-13) off the island of Kyushu. 19 March 1945.

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Postcards of aircraft carriers, cards include: USS America, USS Ticonderoga, USS John F Kennedy, USS Constellation, USS Franklin D Roosevelt, USS Independence, USS Enterprise, USS Coral Sea, USS Forrestal, USS Saratoga, USS Dwight D Eisenhower, USS Ranger and several shots of Navy yards.

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