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 2011
ERIK HILDEBRANDT
SEPTEMBER 2010
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                                                                                                                         1942- Establishment of Air Force,         1944- USS Finback rescues LT                                                  1954- P2V from VP-19 shot down
                                                                                                                         Pacific Fleet                             George Bush                                                                   by Soviets

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1938- 1st flight of Grumman
XJ3F-1 GOOSE                               LABOR DAY                                                                                                                                                                                             PATRIOT DAY

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1916- 1st demo of auto stabilization and                                         1939- 1st flight of Grumman                                                       1917- Navy Department authorizes
direction gear in aircraft                                                       JRF-1A GOOSE                                                                      16 Naval Air Stations abroad          POW/MIA DAY


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                                                                                                                                                                                                         1960- 1st nuclear powered aircraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                         carrier, USS Enterprise, launched
                                            1952- 1st flight of Grumman                                                                                                                                  1935- 1st flight of Grumman
                                            F9F-6 COUGAR                                                                                                                                                 JF-3 DUCK
                                           1951- 1st combat helicopter landing                                                                                     1931- LT Alfred Pride pilots Navy’s   1918- LTJG David Ingalls becomes
                                           in history: Operation Summit                                                                                            1st rotary wing aircraft              U.S. Naval Aviation’s 1st fighter ace


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                                                                                 1951- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                 F9F-5P PANTHER
                                                                                 1923- International Schneider Cup       1946- Truculent Turtle leaves Australia
                                                                                 Race, Navy aircraft place 1st and 2nd   on non-stop, non-refueling flight

    Gulf of Oman, CVN-68 USS Nimitz forward deployed with Carrier Air Wing 11 January 14, 2010. A view of the deck after the “Trap” from the WSO’s spot in a VFA-41 Rhino.
OCTOBER 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                1947- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                XJR2F-1 ALBATROSS
                                                                                                                                                                1946- Truculent Turtle lands, sets
                                                                                                                                                                world’s distance record unrefueled
                                                                                                                                                                1937- Patrol aviation transferred to
                                                                                                                                                                Aircraft Scouting Force

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                                                                           1957- Minitrack (satellite tracking
                                                                           net developed by the NRL)
                                      1952- Task Force 77 aircraft        1913- Trial of OWL, Navy’s 1st                    1924- Rigid airship Shenandoah                                             1933- 1st flight of Grumman
                                      encounter 1st MIG-15                amphibian flying boat                             commences transcontinental flight                                          XF2F01

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                                      1968- Launch of Apollo 7, the 1st
                                      U.S. 3-man space mission
                                      COLUMBUS DAY

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1922- 1st takeoff from USN aircraft
carrier by LCDR Virgil Griffin

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                                                                          1921- 1st compressed air, turntable
                                                                          catapult to launch a N-9 seaplane

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HALLOWEEN

       E-2C Hawkeye with VAW-112 stationed at NAS Point Mugu, California. VAW-117 going “feet dry” into Pakistan after driving along the “Boulevard” January 14, 2010.
NOVEMBER 2010
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                                                                                                            1943- 1st flight of Grumman                                           1944- TF 38 begins 2 days of carrier
                                                                       ELECTION DAY                         XF7F-1 TIGERCAT                                                       strikes on Philippines

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1941- 1st flight of Grumman         1942- 1st flight of Grumman        1950- 1st Navy pilot to shoot down                                                                         1912- 1st launching of airplane by     1938- 1st flight of Grumman
F4F-4 WILDCAT                       XF4F-8 WILDCAT                     jet aircraft, LCDR Amen                                                                                    catapult by LT Theodore Ellyson        XF3F-3

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                                                                                                                                               1939- 1st flight of Grumman
1910- Eugene Ely flies his Curtis                                                                                                              JRF-1 GOOSE
pusher off USS Birmingham in                                           1942- Navy’s 1st Night Fighter       1949- 1st flight of Grumman        1922- 1st catapult from aircraft                                          1933- Navy sets world altitude
Hampton Roads                                                          squadron established                 AF-2W GUARDIAN                     carrier by CDR Kenneth Whiting                                            record in balloon, 62,237ft.

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                                                                                                            1969- HS-4 recovers Apollo 12’s
                                                                                                            all-Navy crew of astronauts
1947- 1st flight of Grumman                                                                                 1947- 1st flight of Grumman
F8F-2N BEARCAT                                                                                              XF9F-2 PANTHER                    THANKSGIVING


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                                    1929- CDR Richard Byrd makes 1st
                                    flight over South Pole
         Cloud surfing the long way home to NAS Whidbey Island. VAQ-141 is to be the first carrier based Growler squadron. A fuel probe salute to the omnipotent Prowler.
DECEMBER 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1983- Navy Aircraft strike against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
                                                                                                                                                                                       1983- Two F-14s flying over          1952- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                                       Lebanon are fired upon               XS2F-01 TRACKER

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                                                                                                                                                                                       1941- Aircraft from USS Enterprise
                                                                                                                                                                                       attack and sink Japanese Submarine
                                                                         1941- Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor                                                                              I-70

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1951- 1st flight of helicopter with                                      1949- 1st flight of Grumman
gas-turbine engine                                                       UF-1 (HU-16C) ALBATROSS
1941- Naval Air Transport Service     2003- Saddam Hussein captured by   1949- 1st flight of Grumman                                               1998- Navy cruise missiles attack
established                           U.S. Army troops                   AF-2S GUARDIAN                        1938- 1st flight of Grumman F3F-3   Iraq in Operation Desert Fox

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                                                                         1951- 1st helicopter landing aboard
                                                                         a hospital ship
                                                                         1931- 1st flight of XFF-1, the 1st    1960- HS-3 and HU-2 helicopters                                         1935- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                         Grumman aircraft                      rescue 27 men from oiler                                                XSBF-1 SCOUT BOMBER                  CHRISTMAS


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                                                                                                                                                                                       1941- Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
                                                                                                                                                                                       assumes command of U.S. Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                                       Fleet
                                                                                                                                                   1941- 1st flight of Grumman         1944- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                   F4F-7 WILDCAT                       F8F-1 BEARCAT                        NEW YEARS DAY

               VFC-111 Sundowners are already going to the merge in the F-5 Tiger IIs before most of us even get out of bed. The morning commuter lane at NAS Key West.
     SUNDAY
           JANUARY 2011                 MONDAY                                TUESDAY                            WEDNESDAY THURSDAY                                    FRIDAY         SATURDAY
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                                                                                                                                                                                    NEW YEARS DAY

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                                    1942- 1st production flight of                                                          1916- 1st enlisted flight training class
                                    TBF-1 AVENGER                                                                           in Pensacola, FL

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                                                                                                                            1949- 1st flight of Grumman
1935- 1st flight of Grumman F2F-1                                                                                           XTB3F-2S, Avenger Series


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                                                                         1954- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                         F9F-8 COUGAR
                                                                         1911- 1st aircraft landing on board a              1914- School for naval air training                     1953- 1st flight of Grumman
                                    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day          ship by Eugene Ely                                 opens in Pensacola, FL                                  F9F-6P COUGAR

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                                                                                                                            1936- 1st flight of Grumman F3F-1

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1939- 1st flight of Grumman
J2F-3 DUCK

    January 15, 2010 overhead Mom: CVN-68 with a mixed division of Rhinos and Hornets with CAG 11. VFA-41 Pilot/WSO getting ready for a pinky launch into harm’s way.
 FEBRUARY 2011
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                                                              1942- USS Enterprise and Yorktown                                                                      1959- Keel laying of USS Enterprise,
                                                              make 1st WWII air strike                                             1938- 1st flight of Grumman       1st nuclear powered aircraft carrier
                                                              NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY                                                 G-23 Goblin                       1941- The USO is incorporated

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1946- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                                                            F8F-1N BEARCAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1939- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                                                            XF4F-3 WILDCAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                            LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

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                                                                                                                                   1949- 1st flight of Grumman
                                       VALENTINE’S DAY        1934- 1st flight of Grumman SF-1                                     F9F-2 PANTHER                                                            1945- Battle of Iwo Jima begins

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 1962- 1st U.S. orbiting of Earth by
 USMC LtCol John Glenn, Jr.                                   1974- LTJG Barbara Ann Allen
 1948- 1st flight of Grumman                                  becomes 1st Navy designated         1991- Desert Storm: Ground War   1940- 1st Grumman F4F-3           1933- 1st true aircraft carrier, USS
 F8F-2P BEARCAT                        PRESIDENT’S DAY        female aviator                      begins                           delivered to the Navy             Ranger, commissioned


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1991- Desert Storm: Ground War
ends after 100 hours
1942- 1st F4F-4B WILDCAT
delivered to USN

   A RQ-4 Global Hawk flies near PAX River, MD. At an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, the tireless sentinel spools up for an eighteen-hour plus shift in near space.
                          MARCH 2011
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                                                                               1958- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                               WF-2 (E-1B) TRACKER
                                                                               1942- 1st German submarine of     1973- Women begin pilot training   1915- Office of Chief of Naval                                           1966- FLY NAVY photographer
                                                                               WWII sunk by Naval Air            for U.S. Navy                      Operations (CNO) established                                             Erik Hildebrandt born on LI

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                                                                                                                                                                                         1941- President Franklin D.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act
                                          1966- Department of Navy
                                          reorganized into present structure                                     1914- Test of wind tunnel at       1945- 1st flight of Grumman          1935- Birth of Naval Security
                                          under CNO                                                              Washington Navy Yard               F7F-3 TIGERCAT                       Group

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jackson Navy Week, (NAS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Meridian & Keesler AFB air shows)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2003- Operation Iraqi Freedom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              begins


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1922- USS Jupiter recommissioned          1953- 1st flight of Grumman
as Langley, Navy’s 1st aircraft carrier   F9F-7 COUGAR

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                                                                                                                 1916- 1st two Coast Guard
                                                                                                                 aviators assigned to flight
                                                                                                                 instruction
                                     A ride with the Blue Angels is amazing on its own, add in the Golden Gate and San Francisco, and it is an un-toppable combination.
                                   APRIL 2011
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                                                                                                                                                                                    1967- Helicopter squadron HAL 3
                                                                                                                                                                                    activated at Vung Tau
                                                                                                                                                                                    1940- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                                    XF5F-1 SKYROCKET, the 1st
                                                                                                                                                                                    2-Engine Navy Fighter

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                                                                                                         1945- 1st heavy kamikaze attack on 1942- Navy accepts African                                                  NAS Corpus Christi Salute to 100
                                                                                                         ships at Okinawa                   Americans for general service                                               Years of Naval Aviation
                                   1948- NATO founded
                                   1944- 1st flight of Grumman                                           1917- U.S. declares war on           1917- Navy takes control of all       1925- 1st planned night landings    1943- Re-establishment of
                                   F6F-5 HELLCAT                                                         Germany and enters WWI               wireless radio stations in U.S.       on a carrier by VF-1                Commodore rank

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                                                                                                                                                                                    NAS Ft. Worth JRB Air Power
                                                                                                                                                                                    Show
                                                                                                                                                                                    1944- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                                    F7F-1 TIGERCAT                      1942- Grumman becomes 1st
                                   1991- U.N. ceasefire ends Persian                                                                           1941- 1st flight of Grumman          1918- 1st Marine Aviation Force     aircraft company to receive Navy
                                   Gulf War                                                                                                    XF4F-4 WILDCAT                       formed at Marine Flying Field, FL   “E” award

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1933- 1st flight of Grumman                                            1960- 1st flight of Grumman       1915- 1st Navy contract for
JF-1 DUCK                                                              A-6A (A2F-1) INTRUDER             lighter-than-air craft awarded


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1933- 1st flight of Grumman FF-1
EASTER                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MCAS Beaufort Air Show

                Universally considered the home of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida and the surrounding beaches provide a great background for Navy pilot training.
                                                     MAY 2011
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                                                                                                                                                              New Orleans Navy Week &
                                                                                                                                                              ‘Nawlins Air Show
                                                                                Centennial of Naval Aviation Week    1942- Battle of Coral Sea, 1st           1948- VF-17A becomes 1st carrier
                                                                                Pensacola                            carrier vs. carrier battle, begins       qualified jet squadron (USS Saipan)

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1911- CAPT Washington                                                                                                                                                                               MCAS New River Air Show
Chambers prepares contract                                                      1939- 1st flight of Grumman                                                                                         1946- 1st flight of Grumman
specifications for Navy’s 1st aircraft                                          F3F-3, the last Navy bi-plane                                                                                       F8F-1N BEACAT

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                                         1919- Three Navy flying boats
1942- 1st Naval Air Transport            begin 1st trans-Atlantic flight from                                        1965- 1st flight of
Service flight across Pacific            Newfoundland                                                                Grumman F-111B                                                                 DoD Joint Services Open House      ARMED FORCES DAY

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NY Fleet Week & Jones Beach Air
Show
1958- Naval aircraft F4D-1
Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-
climb records
1912- Birth of Marine Corps                                                                                                                                                                                                            1980- 55 women become 1st
Aviation                                 Philadelphia Navy Week & Millville                                                                                                                         1919- Navy NC-4 completes the      women graduates from U.S. Naval
NATIONAL MARITIME DAY                    AAF Show                                                                                                                                                   1st trans-Atlantic flight by air   Academy


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                                                                                1919- NC-4’s transatlantic mission
                                         MEMORIAL DAY                           ends at Plymouth, England

The latest variant of the Sikorsky Seahawk is the MH-60S now operational with HSC-22 based at Norfolk. HSC-2515 forward deployed to Basra, Iraq in the DUSTOFF mission.
                                          JUNE 2011
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                                                                                                                                             1949- 1st African-American to
                                                                                                                                             graduate from the U.S. Naval        Rockford AirFest 2011
                                                                                                                                             Academy                             1942- Battle of Midway begins

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                                      1944- D-Day: Troops land in
                                      Normandy                                                                                                                                   Evansville Freedom Festival
1947- Marshall Plan created for       1938- 1st flight of Grumman                                      1942- 1st flight of Grumman                                               1947- 1st flight of Grumman
European recovery                     J2F-2 DUCK                                                       F4F-4 WILDCAT                                                             F8F-2 BEARCAT

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                                                                                                      Davenport Navy Week & Quad             1940- CNO asks Congress for
                                                                        FLAG DAY                      Cities Air Show                        money to build two-ocean Navy


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                                                                                                                                                                                 National Guard Association of
                                                                                                      1933- Commissioning of the                                                 Rhode Island Open House & Air
                                                                                                      Navy’s last dirigible: USS Macon                                           Show

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1942- 1st flight of Grumman
XF6F-1 HELLCAT

               MQ-8B Fire Scout recently achieved operational status having deployed to South America aboard the USS McInerney. Fire Scout images by Chad Slattery.
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                                                 JULY 2011                   TUESDAY                         WEDNESDAY THURSDAY                                                           FRIDAY                            SATURDAY
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1937- Amelia Earhart disappears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                                    1911- The Navy’s 1st aircraft makes    1926- Distinguished Flying Cross
                                                                                                                                                                                    its maiden flight                      authorized by Congress

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                                                                                                                                                 1948- 1st 6 enlisted women sworn
                                                                                                                                                 into Regular Navy
                                                                                                                                                 1916- Thomas Edison becomes
                                       INDEPENDENCE DAY                                                                                          head of Naval Consulting Board

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1912- Rear Admiral Fiske receives
1945- Third Fleet carriers begin air   Rochester Navy Week & ESL         1990- 1st woman to command an                                                                                                                    patent for torpedo plane/airborne
strikes on Japanese Home Islands       International Airshow             operational aviation squadron                                                                                                                    torpedo

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                                                                                                                                                 1969- 1st moonwalk by Neil                                               1993- 1st woman Marine selected
                                                                                                                                                 Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin                                                for naval aviation training: Sarah Deal
                                       Detroit Navy Week & Thunder                                                                               1936- 1st flight of Grumman                                              1947- 1st Navy all jet squadron
                                       over Michigan Airshow                                                                                     XF3F-2                                                                   receives its 1st aircraft (FH)

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                                                                         1948- President Harry S. Truman
                                                                         orders desegregation of the Armed
                                                                         Services                                                                                                                                         1954- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                         1912- 1st airborne radio                                                                                                                         F11F-1 TIGER
                                                                         communications from naval                                                                                                                        1942- 1st flight of Grumman
                                       EAA AirVenture Oshkosh            aircraft to ship                    1937- 1st flight of Grumman F3F-2                                                                            XF6F-1 HELLCAT

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Seattle Fleet Week & SeaFair
1912- 1st attempt to launch an
airplane by catapult, Annapolis, MD

                                                    C-2 Greyhounds with VRC-30 snuggle up behind a VX-30 C-130 over the Channel Islands west of Pt. Mugu.
AUGUST 2011
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                                                                                                        1950- 1st helicopter evacuation in                                                     1945- Atomic bomb detonated
                                                                                                        Korea by VMO-6                                                                         over Hiroshima, Japan

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                                                                 1949- 1st use of pilot-ejection seat
                                                                 for emergency escape in U.S.
                                                                 1945- Atomic bomb dropped on                                                            1957- 1st test of Automatic Carrier
                                                                 Nagasaki, Japan                                                                         Landing System
1941- 1st flight of Grumman                                      1919- Construction of rigid airship    1916- 1st Naval aircraft production              1944- LT Joseph Kennedy, Jr.,
XTBF AVENGER                      Fargo Navy Week and Air Show   ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized           contract (N-9s)                                  USNR, killed in mid-air explosion

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                                                                 1948- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                 XF9F-3 PANTHER

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1950- 1st flight of Grumman
F9F-4 PANTHER                                                                                                                                            The Great State of Maine Air Show


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                                                                                                        1962- Last flight of Navy airship
                                                                                                        made at NAS, Lakehurst, NJ
                                                                 1932- 1st flight of Grumman            1944- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                 XSF-1                                  XF8F-1 BEARCAT
The drama of carrier night operations has been difficult to capture in photographs until the latest generation of digital cameras. January 14, 2010 USS Nimitz, Gulf of Oman.
SEPTEMBER 2011
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                                                                                                                                                           1942- Establishment of Air Force,        1944- USS Finback rescues LT
                                                                                                                                                           Pacific Fleet                            George Bush                             NAS Pax River Air Expo ‘11


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                                 1938- 1st flight of Grumman
1954- P2V from VP-19 shot down    XJ3F-1 GOOSE                              Omaha Navy Week & Guardians
by Soviets                       LABOR DAY                                  of Freedom Air Show

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                                                                                                                   National Championship Air Races                                                  1917- Navy Department authorizes
                                 1916- 1st demo of auto stabilization and                                          1939- 1st flight of Grumman                                                      16 Naval Air Stations abroad
PATRIOT DAY                      direction gear in aircraft                                                        JRF-1A GOOSE                                                                     POW/MIA DAY                             Memphis AirFest


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                                                                            NAS Oceana Air Show & AIAA                                                                                                                                     1960- 1st nuclear powered aircraft
                                                                            Centennial Convention                                                                                                                                          carrier, USS Enterprise, launched
                                                                            1952- 1st flight of Grumman                                                                                                                                    1935- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                            F9F-6 COUGAR                                                                                                                                                   JF-3 DUCK
                                 San Diego Fleet Week & MCAS                1951- 1st combat helicopter landing                                                                                      1931- LT Alfred Pride pilots Navy’s   1918- LTJG David Ingalls becomes
                                 Miramar Air Show                           in history: Operation Summit                                                                                             1st rotary wing aircraft              U.S. Naval Aviation’s 1st fighter ace


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                                                                                                                  1951- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                  F9F-5P PANTHER
                                                                                                                  1923- International Schneider Cup       1946- Truculent Turtle leaves Australia
                                                                                                                  Race, Navy aircraft place 1st and 2nd   on non-stop, non-refueling flight

              Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys with VMM-261 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Formation lights on the rotor tips stir up the dawn as the sun rises in the east.
OCTOBER 2011
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1947- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               XJR2F-1 ALBATROSS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1946- Truculent Turtle lands, sets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               world’s distance record unrefueled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1937- Patrol aviation transferred to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Aircraft Scouting Force

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                                                                                                            1957- Minitrack (satellite tracking
                                                                                                                                                                                        1924- Rigid airship Shenandoah
                                                                                                            net developed by the NRL)
                                                                                                                                                                                        commences transcontinental flight
                                                                        1952- Task Force 77 aircraft        1913- Trial of OWL, Navy’s 1st                                              1937- Patrol aviation transferred to
                                                                        encounter 1st MIG-15                amphibian flying boat                                                       Aircraft Scouting Force                San Francisco Fleet Week

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1933- 1st flight of Grumman                                             1968- Launch of Apollo 7, the 1st
XF2F01                            COLUMBUS DAY                          U.S. 3-man space mission                                                                                                                               NAS Lemoore Air Show

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                                  El Paso Navy Week & Amigo Air
                                  Show
                                  1922- 1st takeoff from USN aircraft
                                  carrier by LCDR Virgil Griffin

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                                                                                                            1921- 1st compressed air, turntable   1922- 1st annual celebration of
                                                                                                            catapult to launch a N-9 seaplane     NAVY DAY

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                                  HALLOWEEN

                     A rare and long overdue family portrait of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific: Missing only VFA-94 deployed in Japan, the whole team drives past Big Sur.
NOVEMBER 2011
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NAS JAX, Birthplace of the Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Angels Air Show
                                                                                                                                                 1943- 1st flight of Grumman                                          1944- TF 38 begins 2 days of carrier
                                                                         ELECTION DAY                                                            XF7F-1 TIGERCAT                                                      strikes on Philippines

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                                     1941- 1st flight of Grumman F4F-4   1942- 1st flight of Grumman        1950- 1st Navy pilot to shoot down                                                                        1912- 1st launching of airplane by
                                     WILDCAT                             XF4F-8 WILDCAT                     jet aircraft, LCDR Amen                                                NAS Pensacola Blues Homecoming     catapult by LT Theodore Ellyson

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                                                                                                                                                                                   1939- 1st flight of Grumman
                                     1910- Eugene Ely flies his Curtis                                                                                                             JRF-1 GOOSE
1938- 1st flight of Grumman          pusher off USS Birmingham in                                           1942- Navy’s 1st Night Fighter       1949- 1st flight of Grumman       1922- 1st catapult from aircraft
XF3F-3                               Hampton Roads                                                          squadron established                 AF-2W GUARDIAN                    carrier by CDR Kenneth Whiting

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                                                                                                                                                 1969- HS-4 recovers Apollo 12’s
                                                                                                                                                 all-Navy crew of astronauts
                                                                                                                                                 1947- 1st flight of Grumman
1933- Navy sets world altitude       1947- 1st flight of Grumman                                                                                 XF9F-2 PANTHER
record in balloon, 62,237ft.         F8F-2N BEARCAT                                                                                              THANKSGIVING


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                                                                         1929- CDR Richard Byrd makes 1st
                                                                         flight over South Pole
                     USN Test Pilot School operates the last military U-6A Beavers and NU-1B Otters in the world. TPS still operates some of the last T-38s in the Navy.
DECEMBER 2011
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1983- Two F-14s flying over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lebanon are fired upon

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1983- Navy Aircraft strike against
anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon                                                                                                                                                                                          1941- Aircraft from USS Enterprise
1952- 1st flight of Grumman                                                                                                                                                                                                 attack and sink Japanese Submarine
XS2F-01 TRACKER                                                                                               1941- Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor                                                                              I-70

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                                     1951- 1st flight of helicopter with                                      1949- 1st flight of Grumman
                                     gas-turbine engine                                                       UF-1 (HU-16C) ALBATROSS
                                     1941- Naval Air Transport Service     2003- Saddam Hussein captured by   1949- 1st flight of Grumman                                               1998- Navy cruise missiles attack
                                     established                           U.S. Army troops                   AF-2S GUARDIAN                        1938- 1st flight of Grumman F3F-3   Iraq in Operation Desert Fox

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                                                                                                              1951- 1st helicopter landing aboard
                                                                                                              a hospital ship
                                                                                                              1931- 1st flight of XFF-1, the 1st    1960- HS-3 and HU-2 helicopters                                         1935- 1st flight of Grumman
                                                                                                              Grumman aircraft                      rescue 27 men from oiler                                                XSBF-1 SCOUT BOMBER

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1941- Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            assumes command of U.S. Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fleet
                                                                                                                                                                                        1941- 1st flight of Grumman         1944- 1st flight of Grumman
CHRISTMAS                                                                                                                                                                               F4F-7 WILDCAT                       F8F-1 BEARCAT
             X-47B Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle is slated to become the first ever fixed-wing carrier operated UCAV. Pre-first flight retouched images by Chad Slattery.

				
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