Fleet Air Arm

related topics
{ship, engine, design}
{service, military, aircraft}
{war, force, army}
{area, part, region}
{city, large, area}

The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) is the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of aircraft. The Fleet Air Arm operates the AgustaWestland Merlin, Westland Sea King and Westland Lynx helicopters, as well as the Harrier GR7/GR9. 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.




British naval flying started in 1909, with the construction of an airship for naval duties.[2] In 1911 the Royal Navy graduated its first aeroplane pilots at the Royal Aero Club flying ground at Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey under the tutelage of pioneer aviator George Bertram Cockburn,[3] but in May 1912 naval and army aviation were combined to become the Royal Flying Corps (RFC). The Naval Wing of the RFC lasted until July 1914 when the Royal Navy reformed its air branch, under the Air Department of the Admiralty[citation needed], naming it the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).[4]

By the outbreak of the First World War, in August 1914, the RNAS had more aircraft under its control than the remaining RFC.[citation needed] The main roles of the RNAS were fleet reconnaissance, patrolling coasts for enemy ships and submarines, attacking enemy coastal territory and defending Britain from enemy air-raids, along with deployment along the Western Front. In April 1918 the RNAS, which at this time had 67,000 officers and men, 2,949 aircraft, 103 airships and 126 coastal stations, merged with the RFC to form the Royal Air Force.

Full article ▸

related documents
E-2 Hawkeye
SH-2 Seasprite
American Airlines Flight 587
Air Force One
Space Shuttle Atlantis
HH-60 Pave Hawk
United Airlines Flight 93
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Marine engineering
Enola Gay
Surveillance aircraft
Operation Argus
Great White Fleet
Focke-Wulf Fw 200
Ship commissioning
United Airlines Flight 175
Aurora (aircraft)
Vandenberg Air Force Base
USS Stark (FFG-31)
Gus Grissom
Avro Canada
HH-65 Dolphin
Royal Norwegian Navy
OH-58 Kiowa
USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599)
Alan Shepard
Type 23 frigate