USS Nimitz maiden cruise 1975 CVW-8

An unique set of original 1970’s instamatic type of photographs made during the maiden cruise of the well-known aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Although the author is unknown by me; the photographs are of such historical importance that I would really like to publish these on my website.

The USS Nimitz was the first of the Nimitz-class nuclear powered super carriers. It’s maiden cruise in 1975 was therefore an important military event, during which it was shadowed by Russian Tu95 Bear aircraft. All sorts of trials were performed, including life firing of (experimental) Sea Sparrow SAM missiles and trials with British F4 Phantom aircraft. The Bears, Sea Sparrows and British Phantoms are all captured on these photographs.

Today (2020) the USS Nimitz is still an active serving front line super carrier.