The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) is the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft. The Fleet Air Arm currently operates the AgustaWestland Merlin, Westland Sea King and Westland Lynx helicopters. Helicopters such as the Lynx and Westland Wasp have been deployed on smaller vessels since 1964, taking over the roles once performed by biplanes such as the Fairey Swordfish.
The Fleet Air Arm was formed in 1924 as organisational unit of the Royal Air Force which was then operating the aircraft embarked on RN ships – the Royal Naval Air Service having been merged with the British Army's Royal Flying Corps in 1918 – and did not come under the direct control of the Admiralty until mid-1939. During the Second World War, the Fleet Air Arm operated both aircraft on ships and land-based aircraft that defended the Royal Navy's shore establishments and facilities.
... The rear fuselage was heavily modified to accommodate the larger Speys and the air intakes enlarged to permit the greater airflow they required ... Fleet Air Arm Phantoms were fitted with a double-telescoping front landing gear strut that could extend 40 in (102 cm), the increased angle of attack being ... Initially, a total of 140 FG.1s were to be ordered for the Fleet Air Arm the intention was to operate the Phantom from both of the Royal Navy's remaining large fleet carriers ...
... is still the term used in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA) for most non-pilot aircrew officers ...
... is completed 1908 The first British heavier-than-air military flight takes place when the British Army Aeroplane No. 1 April The Balloon Section of the Royal Engineers becomes the Air Battalion 13 ... May - The Royal Flying Corps is established from the Air Battalion 1 ... July ... Regiment is formally inaugurated as part of the Army Air Corps 5 ... October - Joint Helicopter Command is formed 1 ... April - Joint Force Harrier is formed ...
... to receive the VC and the first naval aviator of the Fleet Air Arm to reach flag rank Vice-Admiral Sir Lumley Lyster (1888–1957) – drew up attack plan in 1935 that was used for the Battle of ... rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander in the Air Branch Admiral of the Fleet Sir Caspar John (1903–1984) – First Sea Lord 1960–63 and the first British ... wings too, he led the fly-past for the Coronation Fleet Review in June 1953 ...
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And in the air Death moans and sings:
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And Night shall fold him in soft wings.”
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