HMS Ark Royal R09 has been voted by people as Britains greatest warship.
Built in 1955, Not like the Invincible class ,It was designed to carry real aircraft such as Sea Vixens, Scimitars, Bucaneers and the FG1 Spey
Phantoms. Sadly it was scrapped to saucepans in 1980
Just think if it was in service for at least 5 years longer, it would have fought the Falklands ,but on the other hand would have been a nice target
for those Argentinean Exocet missiles.
I wish we still had it in service and im not the only one who thinks that. The good news is we should be getting two new CVFs by next decade.
Here are some sites about the Fleet Air Arms good old glory days!
I came across this post accidentally - or by fate
I served aboard H.M.S. Ark Royal R09 twice in the 70`s.
The first time being with 892 Squadron (F4K Phantom) which based in Yeovilton later R.A.F. Leuchars (Scotland).
The second time as part of the ships crew.
I will always have fond memories of this Lady, it was a sad day when she was towed to the scrapyard in 1980.
I had forgotten that this class carrier used the bridle launch system ...hence the long tooth gadget at the end of the catapult going out beyond the
Not many American Carriers have this anymore. Enterprise and one or two of the Nimitz class still have it. It was actually removed on some of the
carriers brought in for overhaul. The long tooth extension I mean.
The jump ramp is the way to go for many navy's. It removes the complexity/expense of maintaining a steam catapult system.
Not exactly sure what the limitations are on the jump system verses steam catapults.. Perhaps other readers can fill us in on this.
I think in the future...a lot of tasks are going to be done by UAVs in the navy. UAVs even refueled mid air by other UAVs.
I know they have been landed and taken off from carrier decks as trial runs. Also mock ups brought on board Nimitz class...to check out the deck
handling and storage featured below decks. Same with the mock ups for the F35 fighters.
Do any of you know if this technology is going to be integrated into the new carriers designed for the Royal Navy?? UAV's ?? Curious about this.
I've had to crawl out on those sponsons and remove those tall whip type HF antennas in the photo to the left of the flight deck. Kinda spooky up
that high when it is only you and a safety belt. You have to suck up your nervousness to get it done.
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