Plane sailing! Attack helicopters, vintage aircraft and even Concorde go on display on US Navy aircraft carriers as thousands of sailors descend on New York for Fleet Week

These stunning aerial pictures show attack helicopters, vintage aircraft and even Concorde on display alongside US Navy warships in New York, as thousands of sailors gather for Fleet Week.

The annual event sees Marines and naval personnel mingle with the public as ships, aircraft carriers and warplanes are shown off to New Yorkers.

Ahead of Memorial Day, the planes and helicopters have been shipped on to the Hudson River, where people can take a closer look at air power past and present

The Navy describes the event as an 'unparalleled opportunity' for the citizens of New York to meet with servicemen and witness first-hand 'the latest capabilities' of today's Navy.

As well as the planes and helicopters - which include one of the Marines' V-22 Osprey aircraft - the centerpiece this year is the USS Bataan - an 850ft length Wasp-class assault ship capable of carrying up to 27 attack helicopters which has been deployed to the recent conflicts in Libya and Iraq.

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines are in New York and have been seen meeting locals and tourists in Times Square.

Attack helicopters, vintage aircraft and even Concorde (pictured) are on display in New York as part of the 28th annual Fleet Week

Attack helicopters, vintage aircraft and even Concorde (pictured) are on display in New York as part of the 28th annual Fleet Week

A CH-53E Super Stallion (left) and an Osprey V-22 (right) from the Marines sit on an aircraft carrier on the Hudson River in New York

A CH-53E Super Stallion (left) and an Osprey V-22 (right) from the Marines sit on an aircraft carrier on the Hudson River in New York

The stunning aerial pictures show the sheer scale of US Navy aircraft carriers, such as the USS Bataan which is in town for Fleet Week

The stunning aerial pictures show the sheer scale of US Navy aircraft carriers, such as the USS Bataan which is in town for Fleet Week

One of the Marines' Osprey V-22 - a hybrid between a helicopter and a plane that can take off and land vertically - was among the military aircraft on display

One of the Marines' Osprey V-22 - a hybrid between a helicopter and a plane that can take off and land vertically - was among the military aircraft on display

A handful of the 4,500 sailors in New York were seen waiting for a bus in Brooklyn as they headed into town for the event

A handful of the 4,500 sailors in New York were seen waiting for a bus in Brooklyn as they headed into town for the event

The annual event sees Marines and naval personnel mingle with the public as ships, aircraft carriers and warplanes are shown off

The annual event sees Marines and naval personnel mingle with the public as ships, aircraft carriers and warplanes are shown off

Magnificent men in their flying machines: Dozens of aircraft - old and new - are on display in New York City until after Memorial Day

Magnificent men in their flying machines: Dozens of aircraft - old and new - are on display in New York City until after Memorial Day

Ahead of Memorial Day, the planes and helicopters have been shipped on to the Hudson River, where people can take a closer look at the machines of war

Ahead of Memorial Day, the planes and helicopters have been shipped on to the Hudson River, where people can take a closer look at the machines of war

New York photographer Peter Massini flew above the display in a Robinson R44 Raven II to take these stunning aerial images. Pictured center is an A6 Intruder

New York photographer Peter Massini flew above the display in a Robinson R44 Raven II to take these stunning aerial images. Pictured center is an A6 Intruder

Air and sea: A CH-53E Super Stallion and an Osprey V-22 were on display, as was a large US Navy warship, attracting hundreds of people

Two Vietnamese planes - including a blue camouflage PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F) - sat alongside the US planes on deck

Two Vietnamese planes - including a blue camouflage PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F) - sat alongside the US planes on deck

A Vought F-8 Crusader (left) - complete with shark teeth - was stationed next to a green camouflaged Vietnamese jet. Crusaders were crucial for reconnaissance missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis

A Vought F-8 Crusader (left) - complete with shark teeth - was stationed next to a green camouflaged Vietnamese jet. Crusaders were crucial for reconnaissance missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis

A Harrier jump jet (right) was accompanied by an Italian vintage jet (left), complete with the roundel of the Italian Air Force on each wing

A Harrier jump jet (right) was accompanied by an Italian vintage jet (left), complete with the roundel of the Italian Air Force on each wing

Great day out: The Navy describes the event as an 'unparalleled opportunity' for the citizens of New York to meet with servicemen

Great day out: The Navy describes the event as an 'unparalleled opportunity' for the citizens of New York to meet with servicemen

Not a bad backdrop: Concorde (bottom right) is seen on the banks of Hudson River, with the Manhattan skyline pictured behind

Not a bad backdrop: Concorde (bottom right) is seen on the banks of Hudson River, with the Manhattan skyline pictured behind

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines are in New York and have been seen meeting locals and tourists near the display and at attractions such as Times Square

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines are in New York and have been seen meeting locals and tourists near the display and at attractions such as Times Square

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