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david parry
3rd Oct 2009, 10:02
Dont know if it has already been posted!!!

AIRCRAFT carrier HMS Illustrious will take centre stage as the curtain comes down on Fly Navy 100 celebrations next month on the Mersey.

The nation’s flagship visits Liverpool from Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27, to celebrate the centennial of naval aviation.

Around 40 current and historic helicopters, jets (including two Harriers) and prop-driven aircraft are due to take part in a Balbo formation – named after the Italian aviator who flew co-ordinated large groups of aircraft.

The formation, tiered at different heights, will fly along the Mersey from south to north, passing over the carrier at the Cruise Liner Berth, at 2pm on October 23.
Sea Vixen call sign 134 in the colours of 899 sqdn Hms Eagle " The flying fist" in the flypast Merlin, Sea King, Lynx, Squirrel helicopters. Falcon, Hawk, 2GR9 Harriers, 4 Fireflys, Seafire and Sea Fury.

4th Oct 2009, 16:45
Seeing as how the Royal Naval Air Service did not come into existence until 1 July 1914, aren't you lot a bit previous?

You'll be trying to convince us that a Wing is eight aircraft next.:)

(Ambles off, sideways like).

david parry
4th Oct 2009, 17:48
The 50 YR FLYPAST Fairey Swordfish (pilot, Rear Admiral P. D. Gick; observer, Rear Admiral H. R.
Janvrin; telegraphist/air gunner, Lt Cdr C. Topliss).
Wasps of 829 Sqn (Lt Cdr K. Mitchell) and 771 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. R. J. Rutherford).
12 Wessexes of 819 Sqn (Lt Cdr P. J. Lynn), 706 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. E. Kelly), 737 Sqn
(Lt Cdr R. Leonard) and 829 Sqn.
Gannets of 849 Sqn (Lt Cdr W. H. Barnard) and 831 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. G. Grindle).
12 Hunters of 738 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. W. Beard) and 759 Sqn (LtCdrA. H. Milnes).
12 Scimitars of 803 Sqn (Lt Cdr P. G. Newman) and 736 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. Worth).
12 Sea Vixens of 899 Sqn (Cdr D. C. Matthews), 890 Sqn (Lt Cdr R. G. M.Campbell)
and 766 Sqn (Lt Cdr G. P. Carne).
12 Buccaneers of 800 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. C. Mather) and 809 Sqn (Lt Cdr J. F. H. C. De Winton 809sqdn All aircrew and groundcrew formed up at VL 69???:{:{:{

4th Oct 2009, 22:52
A Wing is but an appendage which generates lift and birds shit upon.

Happy Birthday to UK naval air!

5th Oct 2009, 22:24
Any chance of a practice diversion to Ronaldsway, chaps? ... Just in case, you know...! Or even a flypast on your way home?

david parry
6th Oct 2009, 08:22
Living in Shropshire would be an advantage on this one D. S.:)