Marines from the Reconnaissance Company, 2d Marine Division, disembark from an HRS-1 on board the submarine Sea Lion (ASSP-315)

A Significant Whirlybird

By Norman Polmar Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
June 2007
The Sikorsky S‑55 helicopter in its many variants and markings certainly ranks as one of the most significant rotary aircraft in history.
Ground-to-ground right side rear view of a XF5U-1 prototype aircraft
Nieuport 28 aircraft taking off from a platform atop a 14-inch gun turret on a U.S. battleship about 1921

The French Connection

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
April 2019
Although not flown by the U.S. Navy during the war, the French-built Nieuport 28 had a role in post-war naval aviation development.
Right profile drawing of a Martin MS-1 scouting seaplane.
The USS Stevens (DD-479) tests the ship’s aircraft recovery system.
USS Repose (AH-16) receives vertical replenishment from a Navy CH-46A Sea Knight helicopter