National Geographic : 1946 Jun
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome, U.S.Navy, Official Flight Operations in the Pacific-an Avenger Is Shot into Blue Skies from theIntrepid's Broad Deck A Helldiver dive bomber, warming up, is about to spread its wings and take off from the starboard catapult. At left,aCorsair fighter waits itsturn; atractor tows up another. Normally, carriers must head into the wind for launching planes. Catapults allow quick emergency take-offs atanangle tothewind's direction.