Naval Air Station North Island - 1961
An extremely diverse array of aircraft on the tarmac, a testament to how rapidly technology was developing in the mid 20th century. Modern U.S military doctrine now shifts away from single role aircraft, emphasizing a multi role capability on all platforms.
F-117A Nighthawks readying for launch. The front two Nighthawks have their mission markings visible just below the cockpit.
Although the Nighthawk was officially retired as of 2008, several have been spotted flying within the Nellis AFB test range within the last few years.
Sailors prepare to jump while testing new parachutes over Naval Air Station North Island in the late 1920’s.
From an old timer on air warriors:
"Here is one from an April 1982 weps det to El Centro while instructing at VT-22. Filming was in progress for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in the desert between Yuma and El Centro. We would make a daily run (time permitting) past the set after working the targets and often wondered if we ever disrupted any scenes.”
Best crane game prize I’ve ever seen.
A formation of AD2’s from CAG-11 (my former air wing) flying over Naval Air Station North Island.
A Boeing F2B-1 aircraft over San Diego, CA 1928
View of T2V-1 Seastars of Basic Training Group (BTG) 9 from Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, in formation during a training flight 1959
Early U.S Navy parachute experiments over Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Two words, FLY NAVY