EYE OF A NEEDLE

FORMER BUCCANEER PILOT TOM EELES, HIGHLIGHTS THE SKILLS NEEDED TO OPERATE FROM A RUNWAY THAT’S PITCHING, ROLLING AND VERY, VERY SHORT!

BLACKBURN BUCCANEER

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HMS ‘Victorious’ in 1967 with elements of her Buccaneer and Sea Vixen force on deck. ALL VIA AUTHOR UNLESS NOTED

By today’s standards, HMS Victorious of 1967 was not a big aircraft carrier. She was 781ft (238m) long overall, her flight deck length measured 775ft with a width of 147ft and she displaced 35,500 tons at full load.

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