FAA Centenary

Aircraft line up at the 50th Bash in 64. The 50 YR FLYPAST Fairey Swordfish (pilot, Rear Admiral P. D. Gick; observer, Rear Admiral H. R.Janvrin; telegraphist/air gunner, Lt Cdr C. Topliss).
Wasps of 829 Sqn (Lt Cdr K. Mitchell) and 771 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. R. J. Rutherford).
12 Wessexes of 819 Sqn (Lt Cdr P. J. Lynn), 706 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. E. Kelly), 737 Sqn
(Lt Cdr R. Leonard) and 829 Sqn.
Gannets of 849 Sqn (Lt Cdr W. H. Barnard) and 831 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. G. Grindle).
12 Hunters of 738 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. W. Beard) and 759 Sqn (LtCdrA. H. Milnes).
12 Scimitars of 803 Sqn (Lt Cdr P. G. Newman) and 736 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. Worth).
12 Sea Vixens of 899 Sqn (Cdr D. C. Matthews), 890 Sqn (Lt Cdr R. G. M.Campbell)
and 766 Sqn (Lt Cdr G. P. Carne).
12 Buccaneers of 800 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. C. Mather) and 809 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. F. H. C. De Winton went to that one 809sqdn All aircrew and groundcrew formed up at VL


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It's an interesting one.

After "Fly Navy 100" in 2009, "BOA 70" last year, the centenary of the start of WW1 next year, etc., one cannot help but wonder which specific military events will be marked in a sufficiently respectful manner.

With a Navy manpower figure around 32,680 and next to bugger-all ships and aircraft, it's becoming increasingly apparent that the service sadly doesn't have sufficient funding, manpower or assets to mark every notable achievement of the millions of personnel who established the proud history of the service over the last century (not that many survive).

Whether the service has plans afoot, I've not heard, but would guess that the founding of individual branches of the service would more likely be marked primarily by the Associations concerned.

Wonder where the "Stoker 150" and the "Dabber 800" will be?


Was at the 50th at Yeovilton. Was manning one of the Crash Ambulances stationed by the tower. When all the fast jets came all at once it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. They were coming in fast and low, very close together and it appeared from all directions. Allround it was a busy, tiring day but well worth it.
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Found these two snippets 1 July 1914 - Royal Naval Air Service is formed from the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corp; the RNAS will form part of the Military branch of the Royal navy.At this time the Navy Wing would take responsibility of all airship operations. The strength of the RNAS on formation is: 55 seaplanes and "shipborne" aircraft; 40 aeroplanes; seven airships; 111 officers and 544 men.
A reorganisation of the RNAS takes place detailing flying ranks, uniform, pay and conditions. The RNAS will comprise of all naval aircraft and all personnel, either active or reserve service, and will be administered by the Admiralty. It will consist of:
The Air Department, Admiralty
The Central Air Office
The Royal Naval Flying School
The Royal Naval Air Stations.
On 24 July 1908 - The Admiralty made two important decisions; Captain Bacon, the Director of Naval Ordinance, suggested appointment of a Naval Air Assistant to their Lordships, proposed the construction of a large rigid airship ordered from Vickers of Barrow-in-Furnace. Meanwhile the Royal Navy was gathering a small band of qualified pilots, although Lt G.C. Colmore RN had the distinction of being the very first on the 21st August, when he gained Aviator’s Certificate no. 15 at his own expense.

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