The 1963 Presidential Fleet Review: John F. Kennedy visits the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)

Photos by CAPT Hap Hill USN (Ret)

The Rehearsal: June 4-5

View from the press helicopter approaching the USS Kitty Hawk
USS Columbus (CG-12)
Three Whales and a Scooter
Flight Deck of the Kitty Hawk
VADM Paul Stroop, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific, plays the role of JFK
Stand-ins for the rehearsal
D-Day: June 6, 1963
The official party arrives aboard the Kitty Hawk
Senior Chief Walker escorts the Commander-
in-Chief past the Flight Deck sideboys
A fly-by salute gets the President's attention
The President addresses the officers and
men of the USS Kitty Hawk
Commandant of the Marine Corps David Shoup and Under Secretary of the Navy Paul Fay
meet with the reporters
SECNAV Fred Korth, Army Chief of Staff GEN Maxwell Taylor,
ADM George W. Anderson, Chief of Naval Operations,
VADM Robert Keith, Commander FIRST Fleet, and
CDR William E. Donnelly, Jr., Executive Officer, USS Kitty Hawk
Inspection by the Commander-in-Chief
President Kennedy meets the flight deck crew
Manning the rails just before snapping to attention for the President and his official guests
(L-R) GEN David Shoup, Paul Fay, unknown, Governor Pat Brown, President Kennedy, ADM John "Savvy" Sides, Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Fleet, Fred Korth, GEN Maxwell Taylor, ADM George Anderson
The new carrier fighter: the F-4 Phantom II
The A-5 Vigilante: the fleet photo recon aircraft
President John F. Kennedy sits in the Captain's
chair watching carrier flight operations
Ships in review for the President
Back on Shore
KOGO Channel 10 technicians set up equipment
before an interview with CDR Hap Hill

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