Archive for the ‘U.S. Navy’ Category

Looking Back at the Tomcat’s Sunset at the 2006 NAS Oceana Air Show

The 2006 NAS Oceana Air Show was one of the major highlights (or lowlights, depending how you feel) for U. S. Naval aviation in the new Millennium. The show featured the beginning of the Sunset events for the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in American service. The final operational F-14s were flying with VF-32, an Ocean-based Fighter […]

Looking Back: The F-18 Hornet Pre-Prototypes

  All photos by Bob Finch Around the time when Northrop’s YF-17 Cobra lost the U.S. Air Force’s Lightweight Fighter competition in the early 1970s, the U.S. Navy focused on creating a lightweight fighter of its own. Under direction of Congress, the YF-17 and its lightweight fighter technologies became the steppingstone for the F-18 Hornet. […]

BLUEBEARD 5

BLUEBEARD 5, the sole remaining RH-53D survivor of Operation EAGLE CLAW There is a rare and unique helicopter that sits vigilant as a gate guardian at the Wrightstown Gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) in New Jersey. However, the very existence of this helicopter and how it become displayed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New […]

Grumman’s Long-Serving C-2A Greyhound Will Be Retired This Decade

U.S. Navy C-2A Greyhound arrives aboard an aircraft carrier somewhere in the Pacific. Photo by Dion Makowski The Grumman C-2A Greyhound was developed from the E-2 Hawkeye AWACS during the 1960s. More than five decades later, the final examples of this venerable aircraft carrier-borne transport are slated to be retired … around the type’s 60th […]