Grumman TBM Avenger missing 1/3 of its wing after taking fire over Chichi Jima.
In the book “Flyboys” by James Bradley, the U.S Navy bombing raids on Chichi Jima were covered extensively. In the photo above, Lt. Bob Kings avenger was hit by anti aircraft fire. Losing control of his aircraft, he ordered his crew to bail out, while he was attempting to bail out himself, the aircraft righted itself and control was gained back. The crew members were never recovered and Lt. King was devastated at the loss of his crew. Although a tragic story, this photo represents the extremely rugged and reliable design of U.S Naval aircraft of the period.
Naval Aviation - apparently some of the earliest collar popping bros out there.
Douglas Aircraft A3D Skywarrior and A4D Skyhawk.
Both the A3D and A4D were capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The A3D was the last of the Navy’s heavy bomber types, but continued to serve as a electronic attack/photo recon/tanker platform. Although the Skyhawk continued to carry tactical nuclear weapons throughout the cold war, the Navy’s carrier based nuclear strike role was eventually abandoned with the introduction of submarine launched ICBM’s.
A rare publicity still of a seventeen year old Veronica Lake in I Wanted Wings (1941)
Celebrating National Aviation Day by commemorating some World War II pilots. Top to bottom: a pilot in Europe, April 1945 (Herbert Gorfinkle collection); Major (then 1st Lieutenant) Sylvan Feld (Jewish War Veterans papers, Jewish Community Relations Council collection); “Some R.A.F Girls,” 1944 (Herbert Gorfinkle collection)
These short GIFs, taken from a ca. 1927 newsreel, depict Charles Lindbergh taking off from St. Louis en route to Chicago with some 200,000 letters in tow. Lindbergh flew the very same route after completing US Army flight training in 1925; he pulled off his famous transatlantic flight on May 20-21, 1927. The USPS really needs to revive the whole celebrity delivery thing…
["Lindy" Flies the Airmail], ca. 1927. Courtesy US National Archives and Records Administration.
Celebrating Jerrie Mock, the first woman to successfully fly around the world 50 years ago.
June 1972 issue of Naval Aviation News debicting two Vought A-7 Corsair ii’s dropping ordnance.