The perfection of jet takeoffs from aircraft carriers in one photo

Fighter jets and aircraft carriers and fighter jets taking off of aircraft carriers are some of our favorite things in the world for so many reasons. One of them is just how perfect each launch has to be. Just look at how the wheels of the jet reach the end of the aircraft carrier as the fighter jet achieves lift off. » 3/18/15 5:32pm 3/18/15 5:32pm

This Nuclear Carrier Is Leaving the Atomic Winter Behind

Somehow this photo of the fourth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the United States makes us feel like this cruel winter will never end. USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment on March 11, 2015, and left the frozen Eastern Coast for warmer seas. [Mass Communication… » 3/11/15 3:09pm 3/11/15 3:09pm

Cool video shows fighter jet takeoff from a completely new perspective

Here's awesome footage from underneath a MiG-29 showing the fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier. The view is insane, you see the jets fire up and watch the world turn blurry as the MiG launches itself into the air. There's a surprising, almost sort of peaceful awesomeness when it starts flying and leaves… » 3/10/15 11:25am 3/10/15 11:25am

France's Nuclear Aircraft Carrier,  Aglow in the Dark

This long exposure night shot shows a Rafale M multirole fighter aircraft parking on the flight deck of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, the flagship of the French Navy. » 3/06/15 7:15am 3/06/15 7:15am

How Many Sailors Does It Take to Change 111 Light Bulbs?

Three! In this picture, a small team of sailors replace 111 light bulbs on the super structure of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). » 2/16/15 8:00am 2/16/15 8:00am

Spectacular scenes like this, viewed from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, on February 8th, always make me want to join the Navy. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the military intervention against ISIL, and now transits the Persian Gulf. [Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip… » 2/16/15 6:00am 2/16/15 6:00am

Look Around the UK's Newest Aircraft Carrier

No, that's not the world's biggest slab of marble; it's the wet landing deck of the UK's newest aircraft carrier. This 360 degree panoramic image, that you can drag and pull around on your screen, will let you explore the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) as if you were there. » 1/30/15 8:45am 1/30/15 8:45am

These videos of airplanes launching from aircraft carriers are badass

Once again, the French Navy shows they make the best airplane videos there are. This one shows the flight deck operations onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle. Although I would have preferred no soundtrack, it helps that, instead of using dubstep, they slapped in AC/DC's Thunderstruck. » 1/07/15 10:48am 1/07/15 10:48am

NASA Captured the Lonely Last Journey of an Aircraft Carrier

This is the loneliest funeral march I've ever seen. This photo from November 5th was taken during a NASA mission called Operation IceBridge, the goal of which is to survey polar ice. But it also captured the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier being towed by comparatively tiny… » 11/10/14 4:08pm 11/10/14 4:08pm

Sometimes even giants need a little tenderness. Just look at the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transiting the Elizabeth River, at Portsmouth, Va., shepherded by four tiny tugboats. The huge vessel was photographed en route to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, on November 5th. [Mass Communication Specialist… » 11/10/14 7:30am 11/10/14 7:30am

Video: F-35 lands on an aircraft carrier for the first time ever

This is how they remove crashed airplanes off an aircraft carrier deck

A cool photo of a crash crane lifting a damaged Harrier jet off the deck of the US Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. The crash and salvage team regularly practice this kind of operations in case of an airplane crash. That crane is surprisingly huge—just look at the guy in the cabin and the airplane itself. » 7/29/14 11:19am 7/29/14 11:19am

Taking off from an aircraft carrier can be insanely dangerous too

US Navy's new carrier kind of looks like a Star Destroyer from the back

We have seen a lot of its bow, but check out this unique view of the stern of the USS Gerald Ford—the first unit of America's new aircraft carrier class. It's surprising to see the new location of the island and how wide the stern is. Oh, and it kind of looks kind of Star Destroyerish from this angle. » 11/19/13 6:54pm 11/19/13 6:54pm

Night vs. Day Aircraft Carrier Landings in One Harrowing Video

YouTube user Carl Vause recently uploaded a side-by-side shot of two identical aircraft carrier landings—one during the light of day and one in pitch black. The result is absolutely stunning. » 7/31/13 4:27pm 7/31/13 4:27pm

Navy Wants Aircraft Carriers to Manufacture Weapons On the Go

These days, the mention of 3D-printed weapons conjures up visions of people printing AK-47s in their garages (ok, that might just be me). But a recent story in the Armed Forces Journal brings word of a more systematic implementation of 3D-printed warfare. » 5/28/13 10:17am 5/28/13 10:17am

What Is Happening to This Aircraft Carrier?

The U.S. Navy just released this stunning photo of sailors participating in a flight deck scrubbing exercise aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), a Nimitz-class supercarrier that is currently undergoing sea trials. But what the hell are they scrubbing? Is the carrier caught in a blizzard? » 2/05/13 1:40pm 2/05/13 1:40pm

This Is Why the US Navy Is the Most Formidable Naval Force In the World

Here's a rare sight: four out of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers—the largest warships ever built—plus an Enterprise-class carrier docked together. They are resting at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, which coincidentally is the largest naval base in the world. Look at all that engineering and firepower. And… » 1/04/13 1:20pm 1/04/13 1:20pm

China's First Aircraft Carrier Claims Its First Victim (Sort Of)

Our frenemies across the Pacific are now a naval superpower, having successfully landed a Chinese jet on a Chinese aircraft carrier for the first time. And it's lethal—the guy in charge dropped dead in the middle of it. » 11/26/12 9:25am 11/26/12 9:25am

Wyoming Wants Their Own Currency, a Draft, and a Freaking Aircraft…

Breaking news: Politicians in Wyoming have way too much time on their hands. Having run out of things to whittle, State Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has introduced House Bill 85, which calls for a whole list of batshit crazy things. » 2/26/12 7:03pm 2/26/12 7:03pm