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What is the most important event in U.S. Navy aviation history?

Originally published on Published Online: May 11, 2011 
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 Aviation History Reader Poll

With the centennial celebration of naval aviation currently in full swing, we invite you to share your picks for the most important events in U.S. Navy and Marine aviation history.

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12 Responses to “What is the most important event in U.S. Navy aviation history?”

  1. 1
    Iowa Gray says:

    The Japanesse attack on Pearl Harbor. Lessons hard learned are remembered longest.

  2. 2
    Vincent says:

    The battle of Midway. The end of the battleship and the begining of the carrier in naval operations. This battle sealed the fate of the battleships and ended the debate between those who suported the battleship vs the carrier. Iowa Gray almost gets it, the Japanesse attack at Pearl Harbor is important, but I think that Midway is more inportant in US Naval Histroy.

  3. 3
    onyx says:

    Not sure how Pearl Harbor was American naval aviation history since no US naval air units were involved. The carriers were at sea. Only Army aircraft were hit in the attack or were able to mount any kind of response.

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      TL Rouhier says:

      The attack on Pearl got the battleship admerls attention. Only naval avation could cary the fight to the enemy. The plans for a great ship of the line battle was sunk in the oily waters of Pearl Harbor.

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    krb says:

    It was that single arbritray day when the Naval Admirals finally realized that the carriers were more important that battleships in taking the war to Japan. Pearl Harbor…Coral Sea…Midway were all events that finally convinced them to abandon their old ways of thinking. One wonders, what future event(s) will spell the doom of the Carrier in the same way the Battleship was doomed. Carriers might should be called BET's…Big Expensive Targets….but they still carry one hell of a potent counter punch…

  5. 5
    Dave says:

    Getting the airplane. With out it there would not be any Navy Avation

  6. 6
    daniel says:

    I believe that Pearl Harbour is a turn point, it changed from the big guns to airpower. But, the admirals had to accept the carriers because they were the only big ships left. Nevertheless the Battle Ships found a new job, as good anti aircraft coverage and "just in case" last line of defense if reconnaisance and intelligence failed and a night attack by surface ship develop.

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    Teehee says:

    obviously Pearl Harbor.. Smoke was everywhere .. bombs whistled through the was simply devastating!

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    Mike H. says:

    The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, in which the US Navy F6F-3 Hellcats completely crushed the reminants of the Japanese Naval Aviation…and landed on a lighted Aircraft Carrier deck,saving most of our pilots. A GREAT day!!!

  9. 9
    lyndon says:

    Sinking of the Japanese battleship \Yamato\ by hundreds of Navy planes in 1945.

  10. 10
    Nick K says:

    The first carrier landing. That was a major obstacle to overcome in Naval Aviation. Without that successful first trap, no Naval Aviation at all.

  11. 11
    Nick K says:

    The first successful trap on a carrier deck. No trap, no Naval Aviation at all.

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