“Billy” Mitchell and the Rise of Naval Airpower

The battle of the Coral Sea was the first naval action in which aircraft from aircraft carriers engaged each other and in which the ships of the opposing side never saw or fired directly upon each other, May 4-8, 1942. Here, the USS Lexington, constructed in 1922, came under heavy Japanese air attack and was so seriously damaged that US Navy warships later sank her. (Courtesy photo)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Alexa Culbert
VIRIN: 170602-F-ZZ999-006.JPG
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