Even before World War II in the Pacific, it became clear that air superiority would be a key factor in defeating the enemy. Aircraft such as the TBM Avenger (Torpedo Bomber), which is the plane that President George H.W. Bush flew in the Pacific, proved to be critical in the American victory over Japan. Hear the story about the evolution of carrier aviation as WWII progressed. 

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