Monday, May 1, 2017
Your way or...the Royal Navy way
After Juvat's post yesterday over at the Chant, I thought certain Air Force types might find this interesting. It's a long video but well worth it. Chris Bolton is a former "Crab" (RAF) Fighter Pilot who flew Phantom FG.1's from Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
In 1966, you see, the British government cancelled their new carrier, CV-01, and decided to give up fixed wing naval aviation. The Fleet Air Arm stopped training fixed wing pilots. Reality intervened and the RN was tasked with continued fixed wing deployments in ageing carriers and a concurrent pilot shortage. So the RAF were polled for volunteers to make up the shortfall, and quite a few stepped up to the challenge.
These were real glory days for the RN, Fleet Air Arm, and the Crab volunteers. It was just before my time in the US Navy, and I "grew up" hearing a lot of wonderful stories of operating with the Brits.
These images are a hoot, and say a lot about the rivalry and camaraderie that existed between the RN and USN.
The Marine Corps being part of the Navy for both countries, of course.