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U.S. Air Force F-51D Mustang aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, at Hector Field, N.D., on June 1950. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-51D Mustang aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, in flight near Hector Field, N.D., sometime in early 1950. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, sits parked in front of an aircraft hangar at Hector International Field, North Dakota. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, deploys its drag chute after landing on the runway at Hector International Field, North Dakota. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

PH2 W. M. Welch Caribbean Sea....An air-to-air right side view of a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-4 Phantom II aircraft. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet Tu-95 Bear D aircraft as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 151 (VF-151) intercepts it

A Fighter Squadron 14 (VF-14) F-14 Tomcat aircraft clears the flight deck after a wave-off during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A view of a Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat as seen through an open porthole

A right rear view of a Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124) F-14 Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight line. The aircraft has been painted in a Bicentennial theme

Left front view of a F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron taxiing out for an early-morning assignment during Exercise RED FLAG

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft trailing a refueling drogue from a buddy store to refuel a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 161 (VF-161) escorting a Soviet I1-38 May reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft. The Phantom is assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

A right rear view of an F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) completing a successful recovery aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) being prepared for launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51) as it intercepts a Soviet Tu-95 Bear-A/B aircraft

A U.S. Marine plays taps during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

An overhead view of a memorial service underway on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

Officers, clergymen and a U.S. Marine Corps color guard stand near a fighter aircraft during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A right side view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 103 (VF-103) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) F-4N Phanton II aircraft is launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles

A right side view of an F-4N Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) assigned to Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) preparing to land during the second annual reserve fighter derby

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft, with its arresting hook down, approaches for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

A left front view of a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14 Tomcat aircraft being prepared for a catapult-assisted takeoff from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). Three blast deflector panels are raised at the rear of the aircraft

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft prepares to touch down on the flight deck during an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft prepares to touch down on the flight deck during an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

An elevated left side view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft being prepared for a catapult-assisted takeoff from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142). Three blast deflector panels are raised at the rear of the aircraft

Three blast deflector panels are raised behind an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). An A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Light Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) is being attached to a steam catapult in the background. Second view in a series of eight

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) is attached to a catapult during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Midshipman Cindy Mason sits in the rear seat of a TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft from Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) prior to being taken on a demonstration flight. Mason is participating in a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

LT. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126, prepares to take Midshipman Cindy Mason. Mason, in the rear seat, on a demonstration ride in the TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft. Mason is participating in a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Midshipman Cindy Mason, in the rear, and LT. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126, gives the thumbs-up signal prior to taking off on a familiarization flight in a TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft. Mason is participating in a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

LT. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126 points out some of the rear seat cockpit controls to Midshipman Cindy Mason. Mason will take a demonstration ride in the TA-4 during a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

LT. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126, signals from the cockpit of a TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft that she is ready to begin her flight. LT. Jorgenson is taking a midshipman on a demonstration flight during a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Midshipman Cindy Mason sits in the rear seat of a Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126, TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft prior to being taken on a demonstration flight. Mason is participating in a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve

Midshipman Cindy Mason right, and LT. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) walk out to the flight line. Mason will go on a demonstration in a TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft during a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Midshipman Cindy Mason, center, and LT. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), are escorted to the flight line by a public affairs officer. Mason will go on a demonstration in a TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft during a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft overflies the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) after being waved off during a landing approach

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to be launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Four F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) are refueled from a KA-6 Intruder aircraft in-flight near NAS Fallon, Nevada

An air-to-air right side view of three F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) as they fly over the desert near NAS Fallon, Nevada

An air-to-air left side view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) as it flies over the desert near Naval Air Staion, Fallon, Nevada. The aircraft has experimental markings

An overhead right front view of an F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51) landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An air-to-air right side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111)

A right rear view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) being launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

An overhead right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) and an A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 97 (VA-97) during preflight preparations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

Upon his arrival, MAJ Steve Britt is welcomed by members of the Japanese Air SelF Defense Force 202nd Fighter Squadron during Exercise Cope North '81-3

An F-4S Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 161 is catapulted from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

Crewmen wash a Fighter Squadron 161 F-4S Phantom II aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

An F-4S Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 161 is catapulted from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

An F-4S Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 161 shortly after landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

An F-4S Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 161 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

Aviation Structural Mechanic H (Hydraulics) AIRMAN (AMN) Elton R. Beck rests on a tow bar attached to a Fighter Squadron 151 F-4S Phantom II aircraft during operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

An air-to-air right side view of an Indian Navy Soviet-made Tu-142 Bear F reconnaissance aircraft, right, and a U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114), left. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An air-to-air right side view of an Indian Navy Soviet-made Tu-142 Bear F reconnaissance aircraft, top, and a U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114), bottom. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet Tu-95 Tupolev aircraft and a U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat aircraft, top. The F-14A is from Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). The NATO designation of the Tu-95 is Bear

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), bottom, escorts a Soviet I1-20 Coot A aircraft

A Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft clears the deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) after being launched

A right side view of three Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft in-flight. The aircraft are based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) during the ship's shakedown cruise

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), bottom, escorts a Soviet I1-20 Coot A aircraft

A right side view of a Soviet Tu-16 Badger-C aircraft, background, being escorted by an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211), based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An air-to-air view of a U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II aircraft, top, from Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) and a Soviet Tu-95 Tupolev Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The F-4 is escorting the Cuba-based Tu-95, which just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

An air-to-air right side view of a U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II aircraft, top, from Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) and a Soviet Tu-95 Tupolev Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The F-4 is escorting the Cuba-based Tu-95, which just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) during flight demonstrations

An officer from the 18th Fighter Squadron operates a UHF air-to-ground radio to contact inbound A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The A-10's are participating in exercise Cool Snow Hog '82-1

An aerial view of Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A aircraft parked on the flight line

Approved insignia for: 19th Fighter Squadron

Artwork: "Esquadron 201," The 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron, Mexican Expeditionary Air Force Artist: Ginny Sherwood

Approved insignia for: 17th Fighter Squadron

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft waits behind the blast deflector panels as another F-14 from Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) prepares for launching during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). An A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Light Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82) is ready for launch on the port catapult

A KC-130 Hercules aircraft conducts in-flight refueling with a Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24) F-14A Tomcat aircraft

Artwork: "18 Fighter Squadron on Alert", Artist: Clayton Knight

Starboard view of an F-14A Tomcat, Fighter Squadron (VF)-114, Aardvarks, Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California, alongside a Soviet TU-95RT Bear D (Tupolev) maritime patrol aircraft. Exact date photo taken not known

Right front view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) as it touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). This marks the 200,000th landing of an aircraft aboard the ENTERPRISE

Left side view of the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213), after an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). This marks the 200,000th landing of an aircraft aboard the ENTERPRISE

Members of Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) pose next to an F-14 Tomcat aircraft to commemorate the 200,000th landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A left side air-to-air view of a Soviet Tu-95 Bear maritime reconnaissance aircraft, top, being escorted by a U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat aircraft as the Soviet aircraft approaches the Readex 1-83 battle group. LCDR Greg Quist pilots the Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) Tomcat, assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). LT J.G. Randy Dewar is the radar intercept officer

An air-to-air right side view of a KA-6D Intruder tanker aircraft from Medium Attack Squadron 52 (VA-52) refueling an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF 51). Both aircraft are assigned aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An air-to-air right side view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF 51). The F-14 is assigned aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is positioned on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Squadron maintenance personnel perform a preflight check on a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to its launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A pilot and radar intercept officer from Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) sit in the cockpit of their F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Maintenance personnel work on a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft in the hangar bay aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft taxis out of the landing zone after touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is readied for launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is ready for launch from the No. 2 catapult on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Lieutenant Bill Myers and his radar intercept officer await the launch of their Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Squadron maintenance personnel perform a preflight check on a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to its launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

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