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HMS Charger  /  USS Charger   (AVG-30)
(ex-BAVG-4; later ACV-30 and CVE-30)
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The Edward L. Walger Photo Collection

The Aircraft...
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CVE-30 Charger 59k

Ryan XFR Fireball, December 1944. This single-seat fighter was the first aircraft put into production with a combined power plant: a conventional piston engine driving a propeller and a turbojet engine.

(See also photo NS0303024.)

CVE-30 Charger 69k

A British Hoverfly I landing and onboard USS Charger. The US-manufactured Sikorsky R-4B, known as Hoverfly I in British service, was the first helicopter in the world to be put into series production and the first military helicopter to be operated in sizeable numbers. Under the designation HNS-1, 68 R-4s were accepted by the US Navy between October 1943 and December 1944.

CVE-30 Charger 111k
CVE-30 Charger 16k

Bombing practice on target towed by USS Wasp.

CVE-30 Charger 21k

Squadron on board Charger.

CVE-30 Charger 65k

Flight deck officer giving signal for take-off.

USS Charger (BAVG-4/AVG-30/ACV-30/CVE-30)
The Edward L. Walger Photo Collection

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... and Mishaps (Part 1) (9 images)... and Mishaps (Part 2) (11 images)... and Mishaps (Part 3) (10 images)
The Men (Part 1) (10 images)The Men (Part 2) (10 images)The Men (Part 3) (10 images)

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