LAUNCH THE ALERT HAWKEYE!
My former airwing, Air Group Eleven on board the USS Hornet back in 1944-45 laying waste in the western Pacific.
North American A-5 Vigilante
Originally designed to be a low level nuke dropper for the U.S Navy, the Vigilante was repurposed as a photo recon platform and saw extensive use with the redesignation of RA-5C.
U.S Navy Blue Angels air show with several aircraft on static display in the background, some of the main aircraft from left to right are: P-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules, E-2C Hawkeye, C-5 Galaxy.
U.S Navy east coast fleet back in 2012, thats a lot of air power from the sea.
Douglas A-1 Skyraider flying over Vietnam with an open cockpit. The Skyraider could carry its own weight in ordnance.
A Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” refuels from a Ilyushin Il-78 “Midas”.
The Tu-160 was introduced in 1987 in response to the American B-1 bomber. the B-1, however, was considered by some in the U.S military to already be obsolete, due to the ineffectiveness of hi speed, low level tactics against Soviet air defense. It’s swing-wing design and overall airframe layout has a striking resemblance to the B-1, although it is much larger.
F8U Crusader waving off.
This early model Crusader was classified under the 1922 Naval aircraft designation system.
It went by mission (F) - design number (8) - manufacturer (U - Vought). In 1962 the Navy discontinued this system and aligned with the USAF, renaming the Crusader the F-8 Crusader.