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USS CORAL SEA
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[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 69
1946 - USS Coral Sea under construction.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 2719
Mar 18, 1946 - Cover of Shipyard Bulletin shows USS Coral Sea CVB-43 in Building Way # 10 at NNS&DD.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 234
Dec 10, 1947 - The carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) underway in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for sea trials.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1109
Dec 10, 1947 - Getting up to speed for the first launch on the USS Coral Sea CVB-43. Made by CDR Paul D. Buie flying an AD-1 Skyraider of Squadron VA-5B.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1110
Dec 10, 1947 - Airborne. The first launch on the USS Coral Sea CVB-43 made by CDR Paul D. Buie flying an AD-1 Skyraider of Squadron VA-5B.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1111
Dec 10, 1947 - The first trap on the USS Coral Sea CVB-43 was made by CDR Paul D. Buie flying an AD-1 Skyraider of Squadron VA-5B.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1112
Dec 10, 1947 - The first trap on the USS Coral Sea CVB-43 was made by CDR Paul D. Buie flying an AD-1 Skyraider of Squadron VA-5B.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3851
Dec 10, 1947 - First time ever USS Coral Sea CVB-43 is out to sea for air operations.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3881
Dec 10, 1947 - First time ever USS Coral Sea CVB-43 is out to sea for air operations.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 990
1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 - Shakedown cruise in the Atlantic, seen from the starboard side.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1113
1948 - AD-1 Skyraiders of VA-6B line up for takeoff aboard USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1114
1948 - An AD-1 of VA-6B lifts off from the deck of USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1115
1948 - An AD-1 of VA-6B folding wings after recovery on the deck of USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1116
1948 - An AD-1 of VA-6B taxis forward on the deck of USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1117
1948 - AD-1 Skyraiders of VA-6B line up for takeoff aboard USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1118
1948 - AD-1 Skyraiders of VA-6B line up for takeoff aboard USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1119
1948 - An TBM-3E Avenger of the VA-2E Valions traps aboard USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 2447
1948 - An H03S-1 of VX-3 lands aboard USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 2559
1948 - First Skipper of USS Coral Sea, Capt. A.P. Storrs, gets a birds eye view of the flight deck from vultures row as USS Coral Sea CVB-43 turns in to the wind for launch.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 3148
1948 - An F4U-4 of the VF-5B Fightin 5 trapping aboard USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3332
1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 at anchor somewhere in the MED.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3377
1948 - F4U-4 Corsair's lined up and ready to launch during the shakedown cruise of USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3625
1948 - Six TBM-3E Avengers, with Attack Squadron Eighteen A (VA-18A) from USS Coral Sea CVB-43 in flight over the Mediterranean.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3740
1948 - Bow shot of the USS Coral Sea CVB-43 circa 1948. Note there are no guns in the bow gun tubs. The guns were not ready at the time of commissioning and she made her first deployment without them which ended in Aug 1948.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3894
1948 - A F8F-2 Bearcat of Fighter Squadron (VF) 62 pictured on the catapult ready for launch from the flight deck of the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) underway in the Atlantic Ocean in 1948.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 985
Jan 19, 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 begins her shakedown cruise from Norfolk.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1077
Feb 1948 - A U.S. Navy McDonnell FH-1 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), in 1948. This was the first launch of a jet fighter from the Coral Sea.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1136
Feb 1948 - Two F4U-4 Corsair's of VF-5B on the flighrt deck of USS Coral Sea CVB-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3488
Feb 1948 - A U.S. Navy McDonnell FH-1 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), in 1948. This was the first launch of a jet fighter from the Coral Sea.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 235
Feb 11, 1948 - The carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) pictured during her shakedown cruise.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 236
Feb 14, 1948 - The carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) lays at anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during her shakedown cruise.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 237
Feb 14, 1948 - The carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) lays at anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during her shakedown cruise.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 238
Feb 14, 1948 - The carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) lays at anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during her shakedown cruise.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy - Les Jordan]
# 432
Feb 14, 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during her Shakedown Cruise. The flight deck is packed with all prop planes; F6F-5P Hellcat's, F4U-4 Corsair's and AD-1 Skyraider's.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 341
Mar 4, 1948 - F4U-4 Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 5B pictured during flight operations on board the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) in the waters off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on March 4, 1948.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 239
Apr 27, 1948 - Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson arrives on board the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) by helicopter to observe P2V Neptune carrier trials.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 1082
Apr 27, 1948 - A P2V-2 does a JATO takeoff from the deck of the USS Coral Sea CVB-43. Commander Thomas D. Davies piloted the first ever carrier launch of these heavy bombers.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 3862
Apr 27, 1948 - A P2V-2 Neptune is hoisted on board the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) to conduct carrier trials.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 252
May 20, 1948 - An F4U-4 Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 6B leads a pack of aircraft assigned to CVBG-5 during a launch from the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43).
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 271
May 20, 1948 - An AD-1 Skyraider of Attack Squadron (VA) 6B, which was redesignated VA-65 in July 1948, taxis with wings folded on the deck of the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) on May 20, 1948.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 103
Jun 1948 - Six U.S. Navy Grumman TBM-3E Avenger anti-submarine aircraft of Composite Squadron VC-22 Checkmates flying over the Mediterranean Sea. This squadron was Attack Squadron VA-2E until 4 August 1948. Below are the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) and the Gearing-class destroyer USS Bordelon (DD-881).
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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# 996
Jun 6, 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 at anchor off Hampton Roads, Virginia.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 243
Jul 1948 - The carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) lays at anchor at Gibraltar.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jay Henning]
# 3086
Jul 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 anchored somewhere in the MED during the Midshipman cruise.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 240
Jul 25, 1948 - View of the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) underway in the Atlantic.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
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Aug 20, 1948 - View of the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) underway in the Atlantic.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 1076
Aug 20, 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 underway in the Mediterranean Sea.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 253
Sep 14, 1948 - AD-1 Skyraider of Attack Squadron (VA) 64 on the deck of the carrier Coral Sea (CVB 43) in the Atlantic. The insignia on the airplane is from Fighter Squadron (VF) 62, which became VA-64 on July 27, 1948.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 881
Oct 5, 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 at anchor being resupplied.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jim Kohler]
# 963
Oct 5, 1948 - USS Coral Sea CVB-43 being resupplied through the port side deck edge elevator.


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