The fourth edition of United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995 is a testimony to Naval Aviation's achievements as it prepares to enter the 21st century and its first one hundred years of service. The Naval Historical Center's Aviation History Office has expanded on previous editions to make this chronology the quintessential reference work on Naval Aviation history. This work is designed to provide naval personnel, historians and aviation enthusiasts with a general background on Naval Aviation history. It highlights the significant events and developments that shaped Naval Aviation from 1910 to 1995, rather than providing a detailed treatise of particular subjects or actions. It covers all aspects of Naval Aviation, including operational activities, technical developments and administrative changes.
The aim is to make this the first-source document that people use when they are looking for basic information on Naval Aviation. The book provides the opportunity to gain an insight and learn about the origins, achievements and traditions of Naval Aviation as it relates to the rich naval heritage of the United States. Naval Aviation has undergone immense change since 1910. It now plays a defining role in the nation's defense structure and is on call to respond to military crises around the world.
A Few Pioneers, 1898-1916 * Test of Strength, 1917-1919 * The Twenties, 1920-1929 * The Thirties, 1930-1939 * World War II, 1940-1945 * Postwar Years, 1946-1949 * Korean Operations, 1950-1953 * The New Navy, 1954-1959 * The Sixth Decade, 1960-1969 * The Seventies, 1970-1980 * The Diamond Anniversary Decade, 1981-1990 * The First Half of the Nineties, 1991-1995 * The History of Naval Aviator and Naval Aviation Pilot Designations and Numbers, the Training of Naval Aviators and the Number Trained (Designated) * Aviation Commands * Aviation Ships * Aircraft on Hand * Aircraft Designations and Popular Names * Combat Aircraft Procured * Transport and Training Aircraft * Naval Helicopters * Bureau (Serial) Numbers of Naval Aircraft * Aviation Personnel on Active Duty * Navy and Marine Corps Air Stations and Fields Named for Naval Aviators and Others * Ships Named for Naval Aviators * Medal of Honor Awards in Naval Aviation * Aviation Ratings * Evolution of Carrier Air Groups and Wings * U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Squadron Designations and Abbreviations * The Navy in Space * Honorary Naval Aviator Designations * Naval Aviation Hall of Honor * Evolution of Naval Wings (Breast Insignia) * List of Naval Aviation Drones and Missiles * U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aces * Visual Identification System for Naval Aircraft (Tail Codes) * Current Squadron Lineage List * Carrier, Carrier Based Squadrons and Non-carrier Based Squadron Deployments During the Korean War * Carrier, Carrier Based Squadrons and Non-carrier Based Squadron Deployments to Vietnam * Grenada Combat Operations (25 October-2 November 1983) * Carrier Squadrons and Non-carrier Based Squadrons Involved in 1986 Libyan Operations (24 March-15 April 1986) * Naval Aviation Units Involved in the Persian Gulf War (16 January-27 February 1991) * List of Early Naval Jet Pilots * List of Early Helicopter Pilots * Gray Eagle Award * List of Navy and Marine Corps Shoot Downs Since 1950 * Cold War Incidents Involving U.S. Navy Aircraft