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Task Force Hornets

The crew on the deck of an aircraft carrier get ready for the airplanes to take off
Description: Painting, Oil On Board; by Lawrence Beall Smith; 1943; Framed Dimensions 29H X 39W
Accession #: 88-159-KA
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The operations island a grim gray redoubt against the sky, this aircraft carrier steams behind her task force screen with a swarm of fighters at ready on the flight deck.  To be first off, planes of a fighter squadron stand at Fly One, the take-off spot.  Behind them, in order, will be the dive bombers and the torpedo bombers.  Meanwhile, as signal pennants snap from the truck, handling crews and pilots await the orders which will send these Grumman fighters snarling into the air.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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