The Use Of Sea Aircraft Of The United States Winning World War II

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Ever since the first time Eugene Burton Ely completed the very first take-off and landing from a warship on the 18th of January, 1911, the future of the Navy had drastically changed. Little did Ely know that in a mere fifty years Naval Aviation would have a major contribution to the United States winning World War II. Captain Charles F. Pond exclaimed that Ely’s feat was “the most important landing of a bird since the dove flew back to the ark.” This quote by Captain Pond shows just how important naval aviation was going to be in the future along with the Navy’s need for vessel’s to carry these planes. The modern aircraft carriers of the Navy that we know now were vastly different from the warships with wooden flight decks like on the USS…show more content…
This flight planted the importance of air power in the minds of naval thinkers, including Admiral Bradley A. Fiske whom started looking for ways to make naval aircraft fighting machines. In the start of World War I no nation had imagined a ship to where planed could land and take off from, such as an aircraft carrier. The Naval Act of 1916 provided $500 million for items such as battleships, battle cruisers, and submarines. There had been not one mention of funding naval air. However many advancements came during World War I that would affect not just the United States Navy, but the rest of the world for multiple generations to come. Great was leading the charge with having produced two functioning aircraft carriers by 1918. There was no other nation that had even produced one yet. However Japan was the first to build a aircraft carrier from the keel up, meaning that it was not a converted battleships like the previous aircraft carriers. Naval air power built up to 160,000 officers and men, as well as 500 aircraft and 26 naval stations as World War I brought the United States Navy’s 1st Aeronautical Detachment to Europe. Brigadier General “Billy” Mitchell, the chief of the United States Army Air Service, gave naval aviation a boost after conducting several tactics for bombing ships. One of his major beliefs was that air power would one day shadow over the importance of gunships. In 1921 General
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