Awesome Images of Aircraft Over the Pacific

Jesse Beckett

Here are some of the best images we could find of warbirds over the Pacific. Hellcats, Wildcats, Catalina’s, Kingfishers, Corsairs, Aircraft Carriers and many more!

A U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-16 flies an antisubmarine patrol low over the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) en route to the invasion of the Gilbert Islands, 12 November 1943. The ship in the background is USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft’s home carrier.
A U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-16 flies an antisubmarine patrol low over the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) en route to the invasion of the Gilbert Islands, 12 November 1943. The ship in the background is USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft’s home carrier.

 

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter, of Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6) has its six .50 caliber machine guns tested on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CV-6), 10 April 1942. Note open gun bays in the plane’s wings.
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter, of Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6) has its six .50 caliber machine guns tested on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CV-6), 10 April 1942. Note open gun bays in the plane’s wings.

 

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcats of fighter squadron VF-19 Bulldogs and a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver of bombing squadron VB-19 on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) during an attack in November 1944.
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcats of fighter squadron VF-19 Bulldogs and a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver of bombing squadron VB-19 on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) during an attack in November 1944.

 

 

A U.S. Navy Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter gets a “wave-off” from the Landing Signal Officer while attempting to land on the escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE-93), about 1944/45.
A U.S. Navy Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter gets a “wave-off” from the Landing Signal Officer while attempting to land on the escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE-93), about 1944/45.

 

Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher on board USS Lexington (CV-16), at the time of the Marianas campaign, June 1944.
Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher on board USS Lexington (CV-16), at the time of the Marianas campaign, June 1944.

 

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver dive bombers in flight in 1943.
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver dive bombers in flight in 1943.

 

Jimmy Flatley sits in his F4F-4 Wildcat—decorated with his victories at Coral Sea, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, and Rennell Island—aboard the USS Enterprise’s deck. 1943
Jimmy Flatley sits in his F4F-4 Wildcat—decorated with his victories at Coral Sea, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, and Rennell Island—aboard the USS Enterprise’s deck. 1943

 

A North American PBJ-1D Mitchell bomber of U.S. Marine Corps bombing squadron VMB-611 on the deck of the escort carrier USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) during transport of the squadron’s flight echelon to its operating area in the Pacific, August 1944.
A North American PBJ-1D Mitchell bomber of U.S. Marine Corps bombing squadron VMB-611 on the deck of the escort carrier USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) during transport of the squadron’s flight echelon to its operating area in the Pacific, August 1944.

 

Flight deck of USS Hornet (CV-8) on the morning of 4 June 1942. Aircraft are spotted and ready to take off for strike on Japanese Kido Butai during Battle of Midway.
Flight deck of USS Hornet (CV-8) on the morning of 4 June 1942. Aircraft are spotted and ready to take off for strike on Japanese Kido Butai during Battle of Midway.

 

A U.S. Navy Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter of composite squadron VC-84 launching from the escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE-93) in the Pacific in 1945.
A U.S. Navy Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter of composite squadron VC-84 launching from the escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE-93) in the Pacific in 1945.

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A U.S. Marine Corps Vought F4U-1 Corsair of Marine fighter squadron VMF-213 Heck Hawks is warming up for fight from the flight deck of the escort carrier USS Copahee (ACV-12), on 29 March 1943.
A U.S. Marine Corps Vought F4U-1 Corsair of Marine fighter squadron VMF-213 Heck Hawks is warming up for fight from the flight deck of the escort carrier USS Copahee (ACV-12), on 29 March 1943.