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Validated in World War II, naval aviation became the Navy's preeminent combat weapon during the Cold War. Fighter, attack, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, and special purpose aircraft and helicopters took the fight to the enemy in the Korean and Vietnam wars and numerous international crises and confrontations.

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Aircraft Models

U.S. Navy Cold War Aircraft: 1946 - 1991

The aircraft models on display in the Gallery were developed and deployed during the Cold War era. These models are highly detailed and built at 1:48 scale. Cick the thumbnails below to see images of each model.
Carrier Jersey Colors

Color-coded Jerseys on an Aircraft Carrier

Much goes into flight operations aboard today's modern Navy aircraft carrier. Preparations for a launch very much resemble a well-choreographed ballet. Those involved in the evolution have specific, clearly-defined roles, and are easily recognizable by the color of their jerseys.
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Educational Videos

play videoSea Legs:  This documentary takes a close look at naval aviation on a modern aircraft carrier. It features extensive footage of the launching and recovery of carrier aircraft, including super-slow-motion footage of landings. A successful carrier landing, known as a "trap" by naval aviators, is a one of the most difficult and dangerous duties in the life of any aviator. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-11.

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