Century of US naval aviation celebrated with commemorative designs

The US Navy has given a collection of military aircraft some decorative retro designs in honour of the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration next month.

Each squadron has adorned their aircraft with logos and symbols inspired by an historical aircraft or helicopter.

Some examples of the new paint work include a TC-12B Huron from Training Squadron 35, Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in Texas.

With red and white stripes and a star on the tail, it has been painted in the design of a Douglas SBD Dauntlesses, as used in the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea.

There is also a MH-60S Knighthawk used by Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 2, Norfolk Naval Station, which features a star flanked by red and white stripes as used on the Korean War-era Sikorsky HO3S helicopter.

In total, 27 aircraft will be decorated with vintage paintwork, and will then be showcased at various air shows throughout the year as a tribute to a bygone military era.

This entry was written by Danielle Richardson (@danielle_r), our intern for this week…

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