U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Hellcat Ace in a Day—Twice!

Interview by Paul Stillwell
January 2011
The late David McCampbell remains the Navy’s top fighter ace. Here’s an account of World War II aerial action in the Medal of Honor recipient’s own words.
Naval History & Heritage Command

America's First Strike Against Terrorism

Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. Stanik, U.S. Navy (Retired)
January 2011
In the predawn darkness of 15 April 1986, the sky along the Libyan coast suddenly erupted in blinding fire and dense smoke. U.S. Navy attack aircraft from carriers in the ...
Beverley R. Robinson Collection, U.S. Naval Academy Museum

'Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight'

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
January 2011
The historic Olympia faces an uncertain future, but in 1898 she led the way to victory in the Battle of Manila Bay and became the toast of the nation.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

The Washington Wins the Draw

By James D. Hornfischer
January 2011
In an exclusive excerpt from the new book Neptune’s Inferno , Rear Admiral Willis Lee coolly directs the big guns in a nighttime showdown at Guadalcanal.
U.S. Air Force Art Collection

What Goes Up . . .

By Daniel J. Demers
January 2011
In 1911 pioneering pilot Eugene Ely advanced the nascent art of naval aviation with a historic first: actually landing a plane on a ship.
Naval History & Heritage Command

When Frank Jack Met Maggie

By Stephen D. Regan
January 2011
Fame and glory lay ahead for him, but first, a young officer named Frank Jack Fletcher had to command a wheezing gut-bucket in World War I.
National Archives

Fire Down Below!

By Christopher Edwards
January 2011
It was one of the worst peacetime disasters in U.S. Navy history: the 1954 conflagration on the aircraft carrier Bennington .