Aviation - INTRODUCTION
EARLY HISTORY
THE 19TH CENTURY
KITTY HAWK AND AFTER
HISTORIC HEADLINES
WORLD WAR I AND AFTER
WORLD WAR II
AFTER WORLD WAR II
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Airplane
HOW AN AIRPLANE FLIES
SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
AIRPLANE STRUCTURE
Wings
Tail Assembly
Landing Gear
Control Components
Instruments
PROPULSION
TYPES OF AIRPLANES
Land Planes
Carrier-Based Aircraft
Seaplanes
Amphibians
Vertical Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Short Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Space Shuttle
CLASSES OF AIRPLANES
Commercial Airplanes
Military Airplanes
General-Aviation Aircraft
HISTORY
The First Airplane Flight
Early Military and Public Interest
Planes of World War I
Development of Commercial Aviation
Aircraft Developments of World War II
The Jumbo Jet Era

Carrier-Based Aircraft




Carrier-Based Aircraft | American F-14 Tomcat Prepares

Carrier-Based Aircraft - American F-14 Tomcat

An American F-14 Tomcat prepares to take off from the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson by using a steam-powered catapult. Catapults draw their power directly from the carrier’s engines. They propel aircraft skyward using only 90 m (300 ft) of runway. (Carrier-Based Aircraft, American F-14 Tomcat prepares)

Carrier-based airplanes are a specially modified type of land plane designed for takeoff from and landing aboard naval aircraft carriers. Carrier airplanes have a strengthened structure, including their landing gear, to handle the stresses of catapult-assisted takeoff, in which the craft is launched by a steam-driven catapult; and arrested landings, made by using a hook attached to the underside of the aircraft’s tail to catch one of four wires strung across the flight deck of the carrier. (Carrier-Based Aircraft, American F-14 Tomcat prepares)



Carrier-Based Aircraft | American F-14 Tomcat Prepares