Still just as inspiring as when it was first released in 2011 to commemorate the Centennial of Naval Aviation, FLY NAVY remains a historic freeze frame of America’s men and women flying all over the globe in service of our country. Get the book here!

For over two years, photographer Erik Hildebrandt rode along on operational missions both here at home and downrange. His images and the stories he gathered along the way, often from the aviators themselves, provide powerful insights into a world few civilians ever get to experience.

While a lot of aircraft aficionados focus only on the pointy-nosed flame throwers, Hildebrandt shines his stylized limelight over all of naval aviation’s varied and diverse communities operating in their natural habitat.