This entry in the History Channel's Weapons at War series explores the powerful aviation component of the U.S. Navy's fleet. While its equipment was once entirely ocean-bound, the Navy now deploys some of the most technologically advanced fighter jets available, launching them from fierce fleets of massive aircraft carriers. Host Robert Conrad takes viewers back to the first planes that fought alongside warships and offers riveting stories about the pilots and sailors who have served together over the ages.
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When the Wright Brothers took their first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, only a few military leaders recognized the potential for revolutionizing naval warfare.
Today, of course, aircraft carriers form the nucleus of the naval strike force, and the planes that catapult off their decks are some of the most complex weapons known to man. NAVAL AVIATION traces the evolution of Navy fighter aircraft from the first takeoff from a warship by Eugene Ely in 1910 to the top guns of Desert Storm. It is a story that combines imagination, necessity, adventure, and discipline, as well as national determination and individual heroism.
Hosted by Robert Conrad, WEAPONS AT WAR presents an exhaustive and fascinating account of the people and planes that launched the U.S. Navy to its current position of international preeminence.