A U.S. Navy E-2D Hawkeye is refueled by a MQ-25 Stingray test aircraft.

Credit: Kate Lowry/Boeing

A century after the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Langley (CVN 1) as the first American aircraft carrier in March 1922 over fierce internal opposition to the concept, the future of the carrier air wing remains as hotly debated as ever. So far, no chief of naval operations has threatened to simply…


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