Fleet Air Arm Sea Venom insights from 1954

An interesting report on the Royal Navy’s first Sea Venom squadron during its work-up at RNAS Yeovilton, as featured in the July 23, 1954 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

The 1950s was a period of rapid development in aircraft design and many air arms were upgrading their fighter/ground attack forces to jets. The Sea Venoms of 890 Naval Air Squadron was the Fleet Air Arm’s first jet all-weather squadron.

Sea Venoms in Service


FLEET Air Arm re-equipment with high-performance aircraft is proceeding slowly, and it has representative types in small numbers to execute its major tasks, such as anti-submarine duties and strike sorties. One of the biggest deficiencies has been in the night and all-weather jet-fighter field, the de Havilland Sea Hornet N.F. 21 having had to soldier on long past its allotted span, but this state of affairs has been remedied by the introduction into service of the Sea Venom F.(AW) 20. from the same stable.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below