Flight Deck

Fleet Air Arm Page

"Once a WAFU, Always a WAFU"

Fleet Air Arm Officers Association

FAAOA: Website Link

Link to the excellent website of the FAAOA

This is an excellent site to explore, especially thier Heritage links with interesting information on Royal Naval Air Stations (RNAS)past and present, Royal Naval Air Squadrons past and present and much more...

Fleet Air Arm Airfields

Index of Fleet Air Arm Air Stations

Fleet Air Arm Bases Index: Link

This index covers all Royal Naval Air Stations, listed alphabetically by location.See the master index for a full list of all Fleet Air Arm establishments Active links open pages that contain basic information and pages under construction - Bold links open pages that are complete with unit history.

Gallery of Fleet Air Arm

FAAOA: Website Link

The Fleet Air Arm is an integral part of the Royal Navy operating a variety of different aircraft and deployed worldwide supporting UK defence and security interests. The Fleet ir Arm is inherently flexible and Naval aircraft fulfil a wide variety of roles from counter-piracy and counter-narcotics operations at sea, to land based operations in Afghanistan and UK search and Rescue. The Fleet Air Arm can-do culture and ethos has developed over years of experience of operating in the unique and challenging maritime environment.

Navy Wings

Navy Wings: Website Link

News & Events

The development of Britains great naval aviation heritage is one of the most remarkable stories of the past hundred years. It is a story of epic achievement, heroic and daring actions and world leading technological advancement that radically shaped history. Funded by public donations, Navy Wings brings the excitement and discovery of this story to life by restoring, maintaining and flying a collection of historic aircraft, which display to over three million people annually at air shows and events up and down the country.

Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers

List of Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers: Website Link

HMS Ark Royal (R09)

HMS Ark Royal was an Audacious-class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and, when she was decommissioned in 1979, was the Royal Navy's last remaining conventional catapult and arrested-landing aircraft carrier. Her sister ship, HMS Eagle, was the Royal Navy's first aircraft carrier to be equipped with an angled flight deck.Ark Royal was the sister ship to HMS Eagle, which was initially named HMS Audacious, hence the name of the class. Four Audacious-class ships were laid down, but two (HMS Africa and the original HMS Eagle) were cancelled when World War II ended, and construction of the other two was suspended for several years. Both surviving ships were extensively upgraded throughout their lifetimes.The ship was originally designated Irresistible, but was renamed Ark Royal prior to launch in 1950. When commissioned, she had a 5.5 degree partially angled flight deck, two steam catapults capable of launching aircraft weighing up to 30,000 pounds (14,000 kg), a deck-edge lift on the port side (the first British ship to be fitted with such a device), modified armament, and the new mirror landing system. Ark Royal was the first ship to be constructed with an angled flight deck and steam catapults, as opposed to having them added after launching. These innovations allowed aircraft to land and take off from the carrier at the same time. Her flight deck as built was 800 by 112 feet (244 by 34 m).

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers: Website Link

The largest and most advanced warships ever built for the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are the nation's future flagships

Videos of Aircraft Carrier Operations

Hands to Flying Stations 1975

Travels with the Royal Navy: Video Link

Hands to Flying Stations (1960)

Launch and Recover (1960): Video Link

List of aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm

This is a list of aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA): Website Link

Royal Navy Historic Flight

Royal Navy Historic Flight, Hawker Sea Fury and Hawker Hunter

Royal Navy Historic Flight, Hawker Sea Hawk & Supermarine Seafire

History of the FAA

On 1 April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was merged with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) to form the Royal Air Force (RAF) which directly operated and controlled all naval aircraft. On 1 April 1924 the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force was created as a distinct component of the RAF, which existed until 24 May 1939 when command of the Fleet Air Arm was transferred back to Royal Navy control. Coastal Command patrol aircraft, including most large seaplanes, remained with the RAF despite their operations in a naval environment. Prototypes were largely under the control of the Air Ministry and not the Fleet Air Arm until their introduction into service.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum: Website Link

Pioneering Naval Aviation Since 1909

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum - representing the Royal Navy In the Air. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts the Museum is Europe's largest naval aviation Museum. In addition it houses the first British Concorde which you can go on board, view the cockpit and visit the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience

Fleet Air Arm

Save the Royal Navy

Save The Royal Navy: Website Link

A formation of FAA aircraft from RNAS Brawdy HMS Goldcrest. Viewed front to back 759 Naval Air Squadron Hawker Hunter T8 738 Naval Air Squadron Hawker Hunter G11 738 NAS Supermarine Scimitar F.1
893 Naval Air Squadron Sea Vixen
849 NAS AEW 3 Gannet
849 NAS MK5 Gannet Trainer