Mail: "The Return Of Britain's 'Top Guns': Royal Navy Recommissions Training Squadron


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"Britain's Royal Navy has quietly recommissioned a fighter squadron to train the next generation of ‘Top Gun’ aviators who will eventually fly from the decks of its giant new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

736 Naval Air Squadron has been back in business for almost a year. It was formed from a civilian-run operation used to help train navy ships how to defend themselves from air attacks and flies ageing but nimble Hawk T1 aircraft – the same jets flown by the RAF’s famous Red Arrows display team."

Royal Navy 736 Naval Air Squadron will fly from the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers | Mail Online


Hawks and QE!

Great innit? The Mail rules.

I know most of the 736 Pilots and whilst some of them have proven to have pretty big gonads in the past, I doubt that even with the promise of another Oslo cocktail party circa 2009, they'd fancy putting a Hawk down on 920ft of deck.


They won't even use the subsidiaries at Culdrose and they've got a whole 3500ft to play with there. Fags.
US Top Gun fighter pilot academy inspired by RN flyers

736 will fly from the Carriers? Yeah, good luck with that.
To be fair, the article says that aviators training with 736 NAS will fly from QE's deck (and certainly not the Hawks they are using to keep their hand in).

The reference to 'Top Guns' is interesting because the FAA helped establish the US Naval Air Warfare Academy at Miramar:
Daily Telegraph 20 Mar 2009 said:
The American Top Gun fighter pilot academy was inspired by the Royal Navy elite flying instructors, a new book has revealed.

Despite the all-American hero imagery of the film starring Tom Cruise, the US Navy's expertise was in large part due to their instruction by aviators from the Fleet Air Arm. When British pilots arrived at Miramar airbase in California in the early 1960s the Americans were losing a large number of dogfights in their multi-million Phantom fighters to the enemy's relatively "cheap" MiG 21s.

The tuition from the British pilots, all graduates of the intense Air Warfare Instructors school in Lossiemouth, Scotland, led to the Americans dominating the skies, the military historian Rowland White has revealed in Phoenix Squadron. It was then that the their Naval Warfare Academy became known as Top Gun.

"Through the instructors on exchange at Miramar the AWIs methods made their way into perhaps the most well-known programme in the history of naval aviation: Topgun," he said...

Soon after the Top Gun course began a Phantom flown by one of the first students shot down a MiG-21, the first time a US Navy had succeeded in aerial combat in two years.
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