The old Ark Royal (R09) served from 1955 until 1978 and during her final decade carried FG1 Phantom fighters and Buccaneer long range strike aircraft capable of delivering tactical nuclear weapons. She gave potential enemies sound reason for prudence and diplomacy rather than military gambles. Here Gannet AEW aircraft are parked across the stern, five FG1 Phantoms along the flight deck and some Buccaneers on the bow.

Phantoms on a US Carrier presumably a Midway-class. Sometimes I look at an aircraft carrier in amazement. The ingenuity . the raw determination . to fly planes off and land on a ship, in the middle of an ocean.

When we had a Navy. HMS Ark Royal berthing with sister ship HMS Invincible, Portsmouth, 2008

HMS Ark Royal berthing with sister ship HMS Invincible, Portsmouth, 2008 Dad did his training on the mighty Invincible back in

Plymouth Dockyard and he didn't at first spot the 55,000 ton aircraft carrier... Marriage, Misery and the Mediterranean : 'Seaballs' : A Story by Bob Le Vaillant bob@levaillantowen.com

“Royal Navy, the Audacious-class aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal Britain’s final conventional catapult and arrested-landing carrier to ever see service, a concept they pioneered.

HMS Ark Royal and Swordfish

Stringbag over the Ark. A Fleet Air Arm Swordfish Torpedo Bomber flying over HMS Ark Royal in 1939 The Ark royal was to be sunk off Gibralter in 1941 by a German U-boat

DH.110 Sea Vixen fighter descends for a landing on HMS Ark Royal’s angled (skewed) flight deck, c.early 1960s.

Sea Vixen fighter descends for a landing on HMS Ark Royal’s angled (skewed) flight deck, c.

HMS Ark Royal en route USA 1978

Phantom's, Gannets, and Buccaneers adorn the deck of Great Britain's Audacious-class Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal in this picture from the


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