What will naval aviation be 50 years hence? Still crucial, yet technologically far superior—as long as the public remains aware and supportive.
Naval aviation has had a glorious past. There were glimmers of its importance to the Navy mission as far back as World War I and throughout the 1920s and ’30s. Then in World War II and the years that followed, naval aviation became the centerpiece of the Navy, exemplified best by the question asked by a series of presidents in crisis: “Where are the carriers?