In this centennial year of naval aviation, it is interesting to observe that it has been jet powered for over half of its history. The transition was long and brutally expensive in terms of life and aircraft. However, it was, by any measure, a success.
Rubel, Robert C.
"The U.S. Navy’s Transition to Jets,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 63
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol63/iss2/6