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Encyclopedia > United States Naval Aviator
Naval Aviator Insignia
Naval Aviator Insignia

A United States Naval Aviator is a pilot in the United States Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. Like Naval Flight Officers, prospective Naval Aviators attend Aviation Preflight Indoctorination at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida (NAS Pensacola) and are designated as Student Naval Aviators. There they receive instruction in aerodynamics, aircraft engines and systems, meteorology, navigation, and flight rules and regulations. Following completion they are assigned to Primary Flight Training at NAS Whiting Field, Florida or NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon successful completion of Primary Flight Training, they will select whether they will fly fighter or attack jets, propeller driven airplanes or helicopters, with selection based upon the student's performance in Primary Flight Training, coupled with the needs of their particular branch of service the week they select. USN redirects here. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense. ... A Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy and Marine Corps is an officer of the line, meaning they can screen for command in the naval aviation community. ... Naval Air Station Pensacola, The Cradle of Naval Aviation, is a United States Navy base located in Warrington, Florida, a community southwest of the Pensacola city limits. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ... Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is a United States Navy base in Corpus Christi, Texas. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


After selection, Student Naval Aviators are assigned to Advanced Flight Training in their particular pipeline. Student Naval Aviators selected for jet training will be reassigned to NAS Kingsville, Texas or NAS Meridian, Mississippi. Those selected for propeller aircraft training will be assigned to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and those selected for helicopter training will be assigned to NAS Whiting Field. Upon completion of flight training, a second selection process takes place in which Student Naval Aviators select the particular aircraft on which they will fly, as well as to which Naval Air Station they wish to be assigned. This selection is also based upon performance and the needs of the service. They are designated as Naval Aviators and are awarded the Naval Aviator Badge (Marine Corps: Naval Aviator Insignia) in a ceremony known as a winging ceremony. Additionally they are given a precedence number designating their lineal listing amongst all personnel ever designated as Naval Aviators. This designation is used to establish eligibility for the Gray Eagle Award, an award presented to the senior Naval Aviator currently on active duty. Newly designated Naval Aviators are then assigned to a Fleet Replacement Squadron for training on their specific aircraft. Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... First World War Aviator Badge WWI Senior Aviator Badge Enlisted Aviator Badge A United States Aviator Badge refers to three types of aviation badges issued by the United States military, those being for Army, Air Force, and Naval aviation. ... The Gray Eagle Award is presented to the senior Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. ...


In the Fleet, Naval Aviators are assigned to Navy, Marine and Coast Guard squadrons flying a variety of aircraft.

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Fixed Wing

Navy

  • C-2 Greyhound - cargo plane designed to land on aircraft carriers
  • C-130 Hercules - medium cargo and personnel transport
  • E-2 Hawkeye - all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft
  • E-6B Mercury - strategic command, control, and communications
  • EA-6B Prowler - electronic warfare and countermeasures
  • EP-3E Aries II - signals reconnaissance
  • F/A-18 Hornet - all-weather fighter/attack aircraft
  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet - updated version of the Hornet
  • P-3 Orion - anti-submarine warfare, maritime surveillance
  • P-8 Multimission Maritime Aircraft - modified Boeing 737 used for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare
  • S-3 Viking - carrier-based anti-submarine warfare.
  • C-40A Clipper - Fleet Logistics Support and Navy/Marine Corps personnel transport
  • C-9B Skytrain II - Fleet Logistics Support and Navy/Marine Corps personnel transport

The C-2A Greyhound is a twin-engine cargo aircraft, designed to provide critical logistics support to aircraft carriers of the United States Navy. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ... The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is the United States Navys all-weather, aircraft carrier-based tactical Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft. ... The Boeing E-6 Mercury is an American military aircraft. ... The military science term command, control, and communications or C3 designates a telecommunications network used by the command hierarchy for the command and control of a military force. ... The EA-6 Prowler is the United States Navys and the United States Marine Corpss primary electronic warfare aircraft. ... EP-3E ARIES II The Lockheed EP-3E ARIES II is the signals reconnaissance version of the P-3C Orion, operated by the United States Navy. ... An F/A-18 taking off from USS Kitty Hawk The Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet is a modern all-weather carrier-capable strike fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. ... The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a carrier-based fighter/attack aircraft that entered service in 1999 with the United States Navy. ... The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a maritime patrol aircraft of the United States military used primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare. ... Artists rendering of the MMA The P-8A Multimission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) is intended to search for and destroy submarines, conduct shipping interdiction, and also possibly engage in an electronic intelligence (ELINT) role. ... An S-3B Viking launches from the catapult aboard USS Abraham Lincoln The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a United States Navy jet aircraft used to hunt and destroy enemy submarines and provide surveillance of surface shipping. ... A C-40B VIP transport taking off. ... The C-9 Skytrain II is the military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 employed in US military service. ...

Marine Corps

  • AV-8B Harrier II - VTOL attack aircraft
  • KC-130 Hercules - aerial refueler/assault transport
  • F/A-18 Hornet - all-weather fighter/attack aircraft
  • EA-6B Prowler - electronic warfare and countermeasures

April 7th 2003: an AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet takes off from the assault ship USS Nassau, to engage targets over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom The Harrier II is a family of second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft of the late 20th... Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) describes airplanes that can lift off vertically. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... An F/A-18 taking off from USS Kitty Hawk The Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet is a modern all-weather carrier-capable strike fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. ... The EA-6 Prowler is the United States Navys and the United States Marine Corpss primary electronic warfare aircraft. ...

Coast Guard

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... Dassault Falcon 20s at RIAT 2005. ...

Rotary Wing

Navy

  • MH-53E Sea Dragon - anti-mine warfare, shipboard delivery, and assault support
  • SH-60 Seahawk - medium lift, utility, and assault helicopter
  • UH-1 Iroquois - search and rescue, command and control, and special operations

A CH-53E Super Stallion taking off from the deck of the USS Saipan Designated S-80E internally by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion, and the Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon are the largest and heaviest helicopters in the United States military. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk. ... The Bell Helicopter Textron UH-1 Iroquois, commonly (or officially in the United States Marine Corps) known as the Huey, is a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam War. ...

Marine Corps

  • H-3 Sea King - Executive Transport Mission, ex. HMX-1
  • CH-53D Sea Stallion - medium lift helicopter used for transport of personnel and cargo
  • CH-53E Super Stallion - heavy lift and assault support.
  • V-22 Osprey - tilt-rotor, VTOL aircraft for transport purposes
  • CH-46E Sea Knight - medium lift helicopter used for transport of personnel and cargo
  • AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter
  • UH-1N Huey - search and rescue, command and control, and special operations

US Navy Sea King Several UH-3 Sea Kings taking off The Sikorsky UH-3 Sea King (also known as Sikorsky S-61) is a twin-engined multi-purpose helicopter. ... Official force name Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 Other names Marine One Branch United States Marine Corps Chain of Command Headquarters Marine Corps Description Direct helicopter support of the White House. ... The Sikorsky S-65 is a heavy transport helicopter originally developed for use by the United States Marine Corps, who designated it the CH_53 Sea Stallion. ... A CH-53E Super Stallion taking off from the deck of the USS Saipan Designated S-80E internally by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion, and the Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon are the largest and heaviest helicopters in the United States military. ... The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multi-mission military aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. ... Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) describes airplanes that can lift off vertically. ... Marines board a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on USS Saipan, during beach-landing training. ... AH-1W SuperCobra of the U.S. Marines The AH-1 Cobra is an attack helicopter, designed by Bell Helicopter Textron. ... The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly known as the Huey, was a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam war. ...

Coast Guard

  • HH-60 Jayhawk
  • HH-65 Dolphin
  • MH-68 Stingray


After completing a successful tour in the Fleet, a Naval Aviator may either complete a “shore-duty” tour as a staff officer, complete further military schooling, or be reassigned for further specialized flight duty. This flight duty could entail flying larger cargo or transport aircraft such as the C-9 Skytrain, C-12 Huron, C-20D Gulfstream III, C-20G Gulfstream IV, C-35 Citation or C-40 Clipper. These aircraft are used to transport cargo and personnel, to include high-level personnel such as dignitaries and senior leaders. The HH-60 Jayhawk is a twin-engine medium-range search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, based on the airframe of the UH-60 Black Hawk. ... The HH-65 Dolphin is a MEDEVAC-capable short-range recovery (SSR) helicopter operated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). ... The Agusta A109 is a helicopter manufactured by Agusta (now AgustaWestland) of Italy. ... The C-9 Skytrain II is the military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 employed in US military service. ... The C-12F Huron provides logistics support between Navy air stations. ... The C-20 Gulfstream is the military designation of the commercial Gulfstream bizjets used by the US military forces. ... Gulfstream G400 The Gulfstream G400 (formerly marketed as the Gulfstream IV) is a private jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, Georgia, a General Dynamics company. ... C-35 is the US military designation for Cessna 560 Citation V/Ultra/Encore, and it is the successor to Beechcraft C-12 Huron. ... A C-40B VIP transport taking off. ...


Navy pilots could also be assigned to fly the E-6 Mercury (airborne command post), EA-6B Prowler (electronic warfare and countermeasures) or either the F-5 Tiger II or F-16 Fighting Falcon (used in the Navy as aggressor aircraft for air combat training purposes) The Boeing E-6 Mercury is a United States of America military aircraft. ... The EA-6 Prowler is the United States Navys and the United States Marine Corpss primary electronic warfare aircraft. ... The F-5 Freedom Fighter (or Tiger II) is a fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the USA, beginning in 1962. ... The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics in the United States. ...


Marine Corps pilots can be assigned to fly the F-5 Tiger II (used in the Marine Corps Reserve as aggressor aircraft for air combat training purposes) or they can be assigned to the presidential support squadron HMX-1, providing rotary wing flight support to the President of the United States. At HMX-1 pilots have the unique experience in being qualified in flying up to three different models of aircraft. In addition to variants of the CH-46 and CH-53E, HMX-1 pilots may also be qualified in the VH-3D Sea King or the VH-60N Night Hawk, used by HMX-1 for executive transport of the President. The F-5 Freedom Fighter (or Tiger II) is a fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the USA, beginning in 1962. ... Official force name Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 Other names Marine One Branch United States Marine Corps Chain of Command Headquarters Marine Corps Description Direct helicopter support of the White House. ... The presidential seal was first used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... US Navy Sea King Several UH-3 Sea Kings taking off The Sikorsky UH-3 Sea King (also known as Sikorsky S-61) is a twin-engined multi-purpose helicopter. ... The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a twin-turbine engine, single rotor, semi-monocoque fuselage, rotary wing helicopter. ...


Both Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard pilots can be further assigned to duty in a flight instructor billet, flying either the T-34C Mentor, T-6 Texan II, T-2 Buckeye, T-45 Goshawk, or TH-57 Sea Ranger. A Beechcraft T-34B Mentor The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is a military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Bonanza. ... A T-6 Texan II For the similarly-named World War II aircraft, see T-6 Texan. ... The North American T-2 Buckeye is the United States Navys intermediate and advanced training aircraft, introducing trainee naval aviators to jet power, carrier operations, and armaments. ... BAE Hawk T.1 trainer of No. ... The Bell Helicopter Model 206 JetRanger is a two-bladed main rotor, turbine powered helicopter with a conventional, two-bladed tail rotor. ...


See also

United States Marine Corps Portal

Image File history File links USMC_logo. ... This is a list of United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons. ... This is a list of United States Navy aircraft squadrons. ...

References

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.

     
     

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