Royal Navy

The story behind the photo of a CH-53 heavy-lift helicopter towing USS Austin amphibious transport ship

The photo in this post features a CH-53 heavy-lift helicopter acting as a tug for USS Austin LPD-4 in Long… Read More

3 years ago

Three nations fighter aircraft launch from one aircraft carrier for first time in history

With British, American and Italian F-35B jets taking off from HMS Queen Elizabeth, this marked the first time that three… Read More

3 years ago

VMFA-211 F-35Bs Conduct Cross-Deck Operations from HMS Queen Elizabeth to USS Essex

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 cross-decked F-35B Lightning IIs from HMS Queen Elizabeth to the amphibious assault ship USS… Read More

3 years ago

Shortage of tea on board Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier averted thanks to Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Winnipeg frigate

Shortage of tea on board HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Canadian Navy helped solve a shortage of tea on board… Read More

3 years ago

James Bond is a naval officer. Now Daniel Craig is too. But the only 007 actor to actually have served in the Royal Navy was Able Seaman Sean Connery.

Even though Daniel Craig has been made an honorary Commander in the Royal Navy – matching the on-screen rank of… Read More

3 years ago

Cool 4K video features Gazelle Squadron Display Team during a training sortie

The cool video in this post features Gazelle Squadron Display Team during a training sortie at Pembrey airport. Taken last… Read More

3 years ago

UK could buy only 48 out of 138 F-35Bs and save money in favor of the Tempest 6 gen fighter

An order for 90 more F-35 Lightning combat jets is to be cancelled in favor of the Tempest fighter. The… Read More

3 years ago

The day U-boat U-134 shot down K-74: the story of the only US Navy blimp lost to enemy action in World War II

While US Navy blimps were useful for finding and pinning down U-boats until other help arrived, they were not supposed… Read More

4 years ago

Sinking Force Z: the day the Imperial Japanese Navy killed the Battleship

The loss of Force Z was a colossal disaster for the British, and one that effectively marked the end of… Read More

4 years ago

Cool video features cockpit view from Royal Navy Harrier jump-jet flying low-level over Topsham

 At 400 knots the view of Topsham is brief but exciting. The flight was as bumpy as the Back To… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s how the Royal Navy fixed the F4U shortcomings for which the US Navy deemed the Corsair unsuitable for aircraft carrier operations

Several issues plagued the airframe and delayed introduction to carrier service, leaving it to Marine land-based squadrons to introduce the… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s what happens when you land on the wrong aircraft carrier

The ship’s crew take advantage of the pilot's navigational error, and make sure their mistake does not go unnoticed by… Read More

4 years ago

Seafires Vs ‘Hooked Spitfires:’ a quick look at the difference between a Seafire and a standard Spitfire fitted with an arrestor hook

What is the difference between a Seafire and a 'Hooked Spitfire' — a standard Spitfire fitted with an arrestor hook… Read More

4 years ago

The story of legendary test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown and the Seafire ‘crabbed’ landing

On most if not all the Seafire carrier tests Brown carried out, he eschewed the curved approach in favour of… Read More

4 years ago

Flying the Seafire: a comparison with the Vought F4U Corsair and Hawker Sea Fury

"We had several interesting dogfights with the much larger and more powerful F4U Corsair. In turning dogfights, the Corsairs were… Read More

4 years ago