Archive for the ‘U.S. Navy’ Category

Looking Back at the 2002 Dover AFB Air Show

With no current air show activity taking place and nothing realistically happening in the foreseeable future, I could not think of a better time than now but to go through my archive of negatives and slides and start scanning images from airshows I attended prior to digital SLR’s. I chose Dover AFB to be one […]

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 […]