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Fall 2018

Readiness is the focus of this issue. The first F-35C Lightning II squadron, the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, has obtained their safe-for-flight certification and the Navy expects to declare initial operating capability later in February, page 18. In Flightline, page 4, Vice Adm. Dewolfe Miller, commander, Naval Air Forces, elaborates on Naval Aviation’s initiates that take advantage of every opportunity to accelerate, improve and sustain readiness recovery. Several articles highlight recent readiness accomplishments such as the improvements at the Hydraulics Shop at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, page 31, and the contributions Navy Reserve Sailors are making at FRCs across the country.

Summer 2018

This Fall issue celebrates several recent milestones achieved by the F-35 Lightning II from sea trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth (page 26) to the Marine Corps’ first F-35B combat strikes (page 9). During operational testing with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), F-35C stealth fighters were integrated into the air wing for the first time (page 10); and the Navy’s new carrier-on-board-delivery aircraft, the CMV-22B Osprey, is on track to deploy with the F-35C (page 18).

We highlight several other new platforms with the first released image of the developmental VH-92A Presidential Helicopter as it conducts landing and take-off testing at the White House South Lawn (page 8), and the Navy awarded the engineering and manufacturing development contract for the MQ-25A Stingray (page 16). >>READ MORE>>

Spring 2018

This Spring issue is full of F-35 Lightning II success stories—from completing testing for the System Development and Demonstration phase April 11 (page 8) to the F-35B deploying with Marines on USS Wasp (LHD 1) in March (page 9) to the first flight, also in March, of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 (page 10). Also featured is F-35B test pilot Maj. Robert Guyette, who received the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s John Glenn Squadron 2018 Test Pilot Award, in part for his team’s redesign of the F-35’s night vision system and its subsequent test and evaluation (page 30).

Defining the root cause of physiological episodes (PEs) remains Naval Aviation’s number one priority and this issue includes status updates from two leaders. In Flightline (page 4), Rear Adm. James Bynum, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), shares updates to the training schedule and training platforms and offers opportunities for becoming a flight instructor. Rear Adm. Sara Joyner, lead of the Physiological Episode Action Team, discusses the team’s progress to date on page 23.  >>READ MORE>>

Winter 2018

The new year began with Vice Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller III relieving Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker as Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Jan. 11. As the eighth Air Boss, Miller’s top three priorities are warfighting, people and readiness. Read more about Miller’s focus and goals in Flightline on page 4. In addition to the CH-53K’s heavy lifting of the JLTV, this issue includes several articles on game-changing capabilities, such as the successful aerial refueling testing of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (page 24) and the expansion of the F-35B expeditionary envelope (page 28). Additive manufacturing capabilities are maturing rapidly at the Naval Air Systems Command, where 3-D printing is becoming a regular aspect of doing business (page 32). Join staff writer Jeff Newman as he explores 3-D printing for himself on page 36.   >>READ MORE>>

Fall 2017

This issue highlights Naval Aviation’s peacetime role in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of three hurricanes—Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida and the Caribbean, and Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (page 10). Read about leadership’s perspective on manned aircraft, readiness and supercarriers on page 14, and their efforts to resolve physiological episodes on page 16. Marine Corps infantry are receiving small quadcopters to help execute their missions (page 26), while Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, helped Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 expand the flight envelope for the UH-1Y Venom (page 28). >>READ MORE>>

Summer 2017

The future of Naval Aviation is on the horizon. In this issue, we cover several inaugural events including the July 22 commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on page 26, the Ford’s first recovery and launch of an F/A-18F Super Hornet using new technologies (page 9), and the July release of the Navy’s F-35C Lightning II Fleet Integration Plan (page 12). On page 30, requirements are outlined for the MQ-25 Stingray, the first carrier-based Unmanned Air System (UAS), and on page 18, the Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion, the most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense, arrives at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, for continued flight testing. >>READ MORE>>

Spring 2017

Across the Navy and Marine Corps, aviators, Sailors, Marines, squadrons, instructors and training centers are modernizing training by reassessing and reinventing their approaches. In Flightline, page 4, Capt. Ben Reynolds, commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, applauds the innovative culture at Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific and encourages leaders to create similar environments. On page 16, the Nimitz Strike Group (CSG) becomes the first CSG to use the fleet warfighting training live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training concept. On page 18, learn how the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division is supporting CNO’s Sailor 2025 initiative by exploring how and when training is delivered to Sailors. On page 26, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Sailors apply CNO’s high velocity learning principles to accelerate multi-system qualifications.  >>READ MORE>>

Winter 2017

Naval Aviation leaders are becoming more proactive when it comes to improving readiness—ensuring the fleet has the aircraft needed to conduct operational and training missions. On page 17, Brig. Gen. Greg Masiello, assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations, Naval Air Systems Command, discusses the analytical tools developed with stakeholders to predict maintenance issues. Fleet Readiness Center Southwest is expanding its cold spray capability to MV-22 Osprey parts (page 20), and FRC Southeast is integrating the work of Sailors and its civilian artisans, engineers and avionics technicians to become more efficient (page 36). Both Marine Corps and Navy variants of the F-35 Lightning II achieved milestones recently with the F-35B completing at-sea developmental testing (page 22), while Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 arrived Jan. 18 in Japan, marking the first deployment of the F-35B outside of the United States (page 25). On page 16, the first F-35C deployed to its first West Coast-based squadron: the recently reactivated “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125.  >>READ MORE>>

NAN_Fall2016_covrFall 2016

This issue focuses on the future, starting with a detailed account of Naval Aviation’s approach to identifying its next generation of air dominance capability in Flightline, written by Rear Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller III, our new Chief of Naval Operations’ Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98). Learn how testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel, page 17, and 3-D printing of a flight-critical part, page 26, enable future flexibility. The CMV-22B Osprey also demonstrates its flexibility during a Fleet Battle Experiment, page 13.

And we conclude our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Air Force Reserve on page 32 with “A Century of Service Part II” by Cmdr. Peter B. Mersky, USNR (Ret.).   >>READ MORE>>

NAN_Summer2016_CovrSummer 2016

This issue celebrates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Air Force Reserve (NARF), beginning with the cover photo of an EA-18G Growler of the “Star Warriors” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 209, photographed after an in-flight refueling between Hawaii and Guam. Read about VAQ-209’s first expeditionary deployment with the EA-18G Growler on page 30. In Flightline, Rear. Adm. W. Michael Crane highlights the adaptive role of the Reserve Component in accomplishing the Naval Aviation mission. In this issue’s main feature, part one of a two-part commemorative series, long-time contributor Cmdr. Peter B. Mersky, USNR (Ret.) chronicles the history of the Naval Air Reserve since its inception in 1916 through the Berlin Crisis of 1962.  >>READ MORE>>

Spring 2016

Meet the women of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s (CVN 69) Launch & Recovery Division all-female catapult crew. Back row from left are Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (equipment) 3rd Class Sara Edwards, ABE2 Angela Daniels-Royal, ABE2 Spela Marinsek and ABE2 Jillian Ridall. Second row from left are ABE Airman Nija Dent, ABEAN Tanya Funez, ABEAR Racquell Bonds and ABEAA Ereca Hyman. Seated on the flight deck with the holdback bar is Airman Recruit Carly Rabideau.

This Spring Issue honors women in Naval Aviation with a feature on the catapult crew aboard CVN 69 on page 22. Superintendent of the Naval Academy Vice Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr. shares his blog on “40-years of women at the Naval Academy” in Flightline on page 4. On page 13, we’ve reprinted Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s plan to open the last combat positions to women; on page 16, six women naval aviators share their perspective on the military; and on page 24, the Naval Aviation Enterprise recognizes a petty officer for continuous process improvement projects that saved the Navy more than $100,000.  >>READ MORE>>

NAN_winter_coverWinter 2016

The U.S. Navy is a decade into development of a revolutionary training concept known as Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC), which blends the environments of live flight and flight simulation while incorporating computerized, constructive units to create modern warfare training scenarios. Recent years have marked significant advancements in LVC, from increased simulation fidelity to the first injection of constructive elements into live aircraft. That progress continues in 2016, with the opening of two major facilities linking various simulators across shared networks, allowing entire air wings to practice tactics in virtual airspace. Those developments and the future of LVC are the focus of this issue. Alongside the main feature on page 16 are sidebars on the first aviation flight simulator and LVC’s role in testing aircraft and their systems.  >>READ MORE>>

NAN Fall2015_covrFall 2015

The U.S. Navy will induct its first new class of aircraft carrier in more than 40 years this spring with the delivery of pre-commissioning unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), a next-generation flattop, which builds on the previous Nimitz-class carriers with improvements aimed at increasing sortie rates while reducing ownership costs over the warship’s 50-year lifespan. The ship that will usher Naval Aviation into its second century, the Ford is the focus of this issue. Sprinkled within the main feature on page 14 are sidebars detailing the Ford’s testing milestones, training of its Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), the 55-year career of a naval catapult engineer, and the keel laying for the second member of the Ford class, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).  >>READ MORE>>

NAN_Summer2015_Cov1Summer 2015

In the span of four days in April, the U.S. Navy marked major testing milestones for two of its future unmanned platforms. The MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance aircraft began in-flight radar testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., April 18, and four days later, the X-47B demonstrator became the first unmanned aircraft to refuel midflight. Both achievements came on the heels of comments made by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on the importance of unmanned systems to the future of naval warfare. Together, these developments drove the theme of this issue. In separate feature articles, we delve into the complexities of the X-47B’s aerial refueling on page 20, and examine how the Triton’s airframe and suite of sensors will combine to bring unprecedented surveillance capability on page 24.  >>READ MORE>>

NAN_FrontCov_Spring2015Spring 2015

The U.S. Navy Reserve is celebrating 100 years of history, dating back to March 3, 1915, when the Naval Appropriations Act of 1916 established a United States Naval Reserve. For a century, these service members have answered the call of duty, serving side by side with active-duty counterparts. Today, Reservists are a vital asset and true force multiplier to our Navy. They are prepared, accessible, versatile and willing to go wherever needed. Inside this issue, we highlight the Reserve in two feature articles: How Two Men Impacted the U.S. Navy Reserve (page 14) and a Reserve Squadron Spotlight (page 18) on the VR-62’s Airlifting “Nomads.” Visit to learn more on how Reservists were “ready then,” are “ready now” and will continue to be “ready always.”  >>READ MORE>>

Fall-Winter 2015

Inside this Issue:

• F-35C Hits a Milestone: Page 10
• The Evolution of the Atlantic Test Ranges: Page 14
• Fleet Readiness Centers Address Hornet Challenges: Page 20
• Reagan Sailor Recognized for Improvement Efforts: Page 24
• Enlisted Ratings SeriesMass Communication Specialist: Page 28



NAN_Summer2014_CovrSummer 2014

Inside this Issue:

• War Eagle Take Reins of Poseidon: Page 10
• On Glide Path, On Course: Page 16
• 2013 Year in Review: Page 20




NAN_Spring2014_CovrSpring 2014

Inside this Issue:

• Aviation Enlisted Rating Series–Aviation Maintenance Administrationman: Page 10
• VFA-87 Has Guns-a-Blazin’: Page 14
• Taking to the Sky with VMMT-204: Page 16
• Making of a Patuxent River engineer–50’s style: Page 20