In celebration of 100 years of naval aviation, Northrop Grumman announced this week sponsorship of a book honoring the history and sacrifice of Navy pilots.
FLY NAVY: Celebrating the First Century of Naval Aviation showcases Erik Hildebrandt’s naval photography. From the front lines of Afghanistan to the air shows of middle America, Hildebrandt captures the daily lives of Navy personnel.
“We’re honored to be the exclusive sponsor of Erik’s one-of-a-kind project especially as we join with the naval aviation community to celebrate the first 100 years of naval aviation, and work to advance the next 100 years,” said Gary Ervin, president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “It’s a spectacular book with amazing photos and compelling narrative.”
The book features Navy and Marine aircraft, including many manufactured by Northrop Grumman. Essays and artwork accompany the more than 700 photos. Co-authored by David Grumman and John Vosilla, the 372-page FLY NAVY plays tribute to the machines and the human stories of those who flew them.
“Our military, and the Navy specifically, is in the midst of a technological transformation unlike anyone has ever seen in modern times,” Hildebrandt said. “FLY NAVY is a celebration of naval aviation inspired by passion, by the art of flight at sea. My goal with this book was to capture both the art of machines in their environment and the passion of the aircrew and maintainers. It is a visual anthology of contemporary naval aviation at its century mark, with respectful glances at the past and glimmers, too, of the future.”
FLY NAVY is available in hardcover and leather bound at www.FlyNavyBook.com.