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UK MOD releases report into last year’s Royal Navy Hawk T1A crash

A UK Ministry of Defence Service Inquiry report into the loss of Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm-operated Hawk T1A (serial XX189) – assigned to 736 Naval Air Squadron – on March 25, 2021, was released on July 28

The two British aircraft carriers initially embarked 18 BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1s: 12 SHARs from 800 NAS were aboard HMS Hermes, with eight others from 801 NAS on HMS Invincible. Two years after the war a pair of 801 Squadron SHARs are pictured coming aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Feature Premium

Falklands Air Battles – The fight for air superiority

Former F-15 pilot Colonel Doug Dildy (USAF Ret), with the assistance of Hernan Casciani and Pablo Calcaterra, analyse the battle for air superiority over the Falklands in this first of a two part feature which was published originally in Aviation News April 2012 issue

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A look around the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Assistant editor James Peene made a seven-hour, 400-mile round trip to visit Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton. It was worth the journey

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Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: Wings on my Sleeve

“The greatest test pilot who ever lived. A true inspiration.” British astronaut Tim Peake’s summation of Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown on the cover of Wings on my Sleeve should be enough to immediately sell anyone on this truly fabulous biography…

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1930s Fleet Reviews

At a time of great change for the service, the Fleet Air Arm demonstrated its strength during a pair of royal reviews

Sub. Lieut. Boas lifts Wessex “300” off the pad at Culdrose for a practice sortie. Feature Premium

Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue

Fuel can be jettisoned from the wing-tip tanks instead of dropping the tanks. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

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’

FORMIDABLE FIGHTER . – A Supermarine Seafire I, with arrestor hook extended, landing on the deck of H.M.S. Formidable during the operations at Salerno. The ships reported to have taken part in this action were the 23,000-ton carriers Illustrious and Formidable, covered by the Nelson and Rodney, and the escort carriers Attacker, Battler, Hunter, Stalker, and Unicorn, covered by light cruisers and destroyers. Feature Premium

Uncovered – Seafires’ success at Salerno landings in 1943

An Air Liaison Officer reveals the full extent of the Fleet Air Arm’s contribution to the Allied landings at Salerno in Italy, as detailed in the November 26, 1943 issue of The Aeroplane

A Sea Vixen seconds before touching down. Feature Premium

Revealed – the precision engineering of the Sea Vixen

A revealing report on the production of the Sea Vixen from the April 4, 1958 issue of The Aeroplane

Scimitars from X Flight of No. 700 Squadron. Feature Premium

Early Days of the Fleet Air Arm’s Scimitar

A report on the trials unit and technical developments incorporated in the Royal Navy’s new Scimitar multi-role fighter from the April 4, 1958 edition of The Aeroplane