Caption: Proximity trials to assess the Osprey's tanker potential employed MV-22B BuAer
165942, c/n 0043, registration N204TR from Marine Tiltrotor Test & Evaluation Squadron VMX-22 Argonauts based at Mcas New River, North Carolina.
BuAer produced an "outline specification" for what became the AJ Savage carrier bomber in January 1946.
Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics had watched the progress of the RN's work, and he knew that engineers in BuAer were interested in it.
BuAer issued a request for proposals to industry for such aircraft in 1948 and tested two unique experimental models in 1954-55.
Over a period of less than five years, the AJ-1 Savage was pushed prematurely into operations, the Bureau of Ships spent many man-years on the design of a "super" carrier, BuAer solicited bids for what became the A3D, and Navy pilots flew their P2V-3Cs off Midway and its two sisters.
37) As we have already noted, Pride had refused to support the flexdeck concept, but he quickly embraced the concept of the angled flight deck--an idea that BuAer had considered in the 1930s for a combination cruiser/small-carrier design.
Navy aviation officers during World War II were very strong, and the RN continued to assign liaison officers to BuAer after the war.
After World War II, BuAer invested in three basic catapult types: improved versions of existing hydraulic catapults; an electrically driven design; and a slotted-cylinder, expanding-gas type that had been pioneered by German engineers during the war.
53) As a result, BuAer had an optical landing aid fully operational on Bennington (CV 20) in the summer of 1955.
However, OPNAV, BuAer, and BuShips lacked the shared understanding that placing jets on carriers meant that the carriers had to change in a fundamental way.