AIRCRAFT CARRIER MONTH

Throughout November, we celebrate National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month to honor the value, accomplishments and contributions of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, as well as the men and women who serve on them.

WHY NOVEMBER?

November is full of historic milestones in the technological development of the modern aircraft carrier and the contributions aircraft carriers have made to the nation.

November 14, 1910

Naval aviation was born when Eugene Ely launched from the deck of a U.S. Navy ship in a Curtiss Model D.

November 5, 1915

Cpt. Henry C. Mustin made the first catapult launch from a ship, beginning a century of technological advancements that have led to today’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

November 8, 1917

Lt. Earl Spencer, U.S. Navy, became the commanding officer of the first permanent naval air station for training, today known as Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.

November 17, 1924

USS Langley (CV 1), converted from the collier USS Jupiter (AC 3), reported for duty with the Battle Fleet becoming the first operational aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy.

November 25, 1961

The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was commissioned.

November 9, 2013

The first of the next generation of aircraft carriers, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), was christened.

November 14, 2013

USS George Washington (CVN 73) provides medical supplies, food, and water to the victims in the Philippines of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

November 3, 2014

The 5th Generation F-35C Lightning II completes first arrested landing aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

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