After an event-packed 2006, the naval aviation enterprise and the industry that supports it settled down to business and proceeded through a relatively quiet 2007. In the previous year, naval aviation saw the demise of one community, VF, the reduction of another, VS, two new aircraft making first flights, F-35 and EA-18G, plus several new aircraft programs getting their starts—P-8 and CH-53K, to name two. The calendar year 2007 saw naval aviation make progress in the new programs, and keep the press on in the older ones.
U.S. Naval Aviation and Weapon Development in Review
By Commander Jan C. Jacobs, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)