Flying Is Fun

By Clay Barrow, Senior Editor, U.S. Naval Institute
April 1986
It is no surprise that a contemporary of Orville Wright would describe the first man to achieve sustained flight as having a “sense of fun.” On the pages that follow ...
From left to right, Lieutenants T. G. Ellyson, J. H. Towers, and John Rodgers, USN stand in front of a Navy Curtiss Model E (A-1) Triad aircraft in Annapolis.

Young Jack Towers

By Clark G. Reynolds
April 1986
When the 16 battleships of the Great White Fleet dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay in October 1908, the officers of these ships eagerly devoured Japanese English-language newspapers to catch up ...
Curtiss Triad at Hammondsport, New York, 1 July 1911

The First Year

By Captain W. Irving Chambers, U. S. Navy
April 1986
The “Father of Naval Aviation” used the November 1912 issue of the Proceedings to describe his infant service’s short past and predict a bright future.
Planes and personnel at the naval aviation camp, Vera Cruz, Mexico, April 1914. At right is Lieutenant P.N.L. Bellinger. Planes are Curtiss "AH" (right) and "AB" (left) types

Eyes in the Skies

By Frank L. Owsley, Jr., and Wesley Phillip Newton
April 1986
Conservative naval opposition to direct involvement in aviation allowed the U. S. Army to steal a march on its rival service at the dawn of manned, powered, heavier-than-air flight. For ...

The Aircraft Collier Langley

By Rear Admiral George van Deurs, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
On 8 March 1919, the Navy’s General Board met to consider recommendations for the Navy’s 1920 appropriations. Commander Kenneth Whiting, assistant to Captain N. I. Irwin, Director of Naval Aviation ...

'Pilots, Man Your Planes'

By Admiral Alfred M. Pride, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
I have no idea why Lieutenant Commander Godfrey de Courcelles "Chevvy" Chevalier picked me, one of his pilots, to design the arresting gear for the USS Langley (CV-1).1 He walked ...

Carrier Carrier Pigeons

By Admiral Alfred M. Pride, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
The Langley holds a special place in my heart. Sometimes I wished she could go faster, but she taught us a lot about carrier techniques. We learned a lot of ...
Captain Ernest J. King USN on the Bridge of USS Lexington (CV-2) 28 June 1930.

‘Man Your Planes’ (Continued)

By Admiral Harry D. Felt, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
Ernie King had command of the Lexington (CV-2) in 1930 when I flew from her deck as a pilot in Scouting Squadron Three. At flight quarters the Lexington ready room ...
Personnel of VP-10F making one stop flight from Coco Solo to San Diego, grouped according to their plane crews in front of a U.S. Navy P2Y-1 aircraft

‘Fighting Three—Three That’s For Me!’

By Vice Admiral Herbert D. Riley, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
In March 1933 I was ordered to Patrol Squadron-1 in Hawaii. We flew PK-1 aircraft, built by the Keystone Company, an early name in the aircraft industry, for the Navy ...
Aerial left side view of a U.S. Navy F4B-4 fighter aircraft in flight.

We Had Fun

By Rear Admiral Francis Foley, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
I began flight training at Naval Air Station, Pensacola on 2 January 1935, and received my wings in February 1936. Most of my classmates in Flight Class #76 were Naval ...
Aerial port quarter view of the USS Ranger (CV-4) underway

The Ranger: Atavistic Anomaly

By Admiral James S Russell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
In 1935, I was ordered to bombing squadron VB-5, attached to the Ranger (CV-4). The Ranger was a great disappointment. The first ship in the Navy to be designed from ...
USS Yorktown (CV-5) docked at a pier at North Island, California, May 1940.

Mess Treasurer of the Essex Class

By Admiral James S. Russell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
It is an old custom. I presume it still obtains today, that the officer who complains of food or service in the wardroom mess gets elected mess treasurer in the ...

The Lex and the Sara at Pearl Harbor

By Admiral Harry D. Felt, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
In March of 1941, the Lex (CV-2) joined the Hawaiian detachment at Pearl Harbor. My squadron was based at Ford Island, flying to the Lex to exercise at sea and ...

Straighten Up and Fly Right!

By Admiral James S. Russell, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
Sam Arthur was landing signal officer (LSO) of the old Langley (CV-1), and I recall a time . . . But, wait, let’s talk a minute about LSOs and their ...
The USS Langley (CVL-27) rolls sharply as it is pounded by waves during a storm in the Pacific Ocean as seen from the USS Essex (CV-9).

The Langley Legacy

By Then-Lieutenant Loren Hickerson, U. S. Naval Reserve
April 1986
The Marshalls are ours. Our part in the seizure of the islands was but one of a million parts, all cleverly conceived and skillfully executed, in what certainly must be ...

And A Few Marines

By Commander Peter Mersky, U. S. Naval Reserve
April 1986
Long before his rocket ride from Cape Canaveral that sunny February morning in 1962, John Glenn had accumulated an enviable record of service and accomplishments. A native of New Concord ...
Dive bombing a Korean bridge in an F9F Panther.

Fighting Unwinnable Wars

By Barrett Tillman and Commander John B. Nichols III, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1986
At the time of the Tonkin Gulf incident in August 1964, the U. S. Navy had almost 50 years of aviation experience. The aircraft carriers Ticonderoga (CVA-14) and Constellation (CVA-64) ...
 First catapult launching from the deck of a man o' war. Captain Henry C. Mustin, USN, flying from the quarterdeck of the U.S. armored cruiser North Carolina, November 1915.

Eyes of the Battle Fleet

By Patrick Stinson
April 1986
If aircraft were to function as the “Eyes of the Fleet,” an alternate way had to be found to get them to sea. The solution was to catapult them from ...

Time to Put the Cats Out

By Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Jeffrey P. Antal, U.S. Navy
April 1986
Evening is coming to the ship. Things grow quiet. We slow down to about ten knots. The sun touches the water in the western ocean, fighting until the last possible ...
Naval Aviation Board preparing for NC Transatlantic flight, 1919

Outtakes, Anyone?

April 1986
We have grown accustomed to seeing outtakes, the images that were not used in the final version of a film or video tape. Here, then, are some outtakes from our ...

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