General Aviation. Direct & Unfiltered.


For the past two years, Erik Hildebrandt has traveled the globe documenting the vast universe of modern naval aviation. He has flown with deployed forces over war-torn Afghanistan, through the tranquil skies over Hawaii with the Blue Angels and practically everywhere in between. FLY NAVY is his unprecedented historic record of the Navy’s men and women hard at work on the eve of this centennial celebration.

In FLY NAVY¸ Hildebrandt showcases every aircraft currently flying for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as well as essays and artwork from such iconic figures as Barrett Tillman, Sergei Sikorsky, Robert “Hoot” Gibson and Hank Caruso. FLY NAVY gives readers both a sneak peek inside the cockpit of some of the world’s most advanced aircraft and insider access into the minds of those who spent their careers catapulting from a perfectly good ship into the unknown sky above.

“Our military, and the Navy specifically, is in the midst of a technological transformation unlike anyone has ever seen in modern times. FLY NAVY is a celebration of naval aviation inspired by passion, by the art of flight at sea,” said Hildebrandt. “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.”

Breathtaking Photographs, Unforgettable Experiences
FLY NAVY is a true masterpiece of both artistic accomplishment and historical significance that captures naval aviation in all of its glory. Hildebrandt’s insightful, artistic vision results in remarkable photographs that tell the stories of each aircrew and aircraft as readers ride along on incredible real-life missions.

The book gives voice to the men and women behind the machines from the polished acrobatics of the Blue Angels and the intensity of novice pilots learning to touch down on the carrier flight deck to the sting of sand and the overpowering heat experienced by an air ambulance team above Basra, Iraq. In FLY NAVY, Hildebrandt lets readers see, hear and feel what it is like to fly the aircraft and live the dream—whether wearing aviator’s wings or supporting those who do.

Come see Erik speak about making FLY NAVY at the
EAA FORUM 06 J09 On Saturday Morning at 8:30. He will also be signing books at the EAA Author's Corner On Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am and be part of the FORD HEROS TENT signings Monday at 1pm.