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After serving with HMS Illustrious (87), as part of the British Far Eastern Fleet, USS Saratoga (CV-3) is underway on May 18, 1944 and is passing down the columns of the Eastern Fleet as the Allied ships rendered honors to and cheered to each other.
Imperial War Museum

4 April 1945 First carrier landing by an aircraft fitted with a tricycle undercarriage (against a tail-dragger), by Lt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown RNVR in a Bell P-39 Airacobra Mk.1 AH574 onboard HMS Pretoria Castle.
This was one of the first production aircraft to arrive in the UK from Bell. It transpired these were worse than the three pre-production aircraft the RAF had evaluated - which was not saying much - and were found inferior to other already in-service types.
Winkle was keen to to explore deck-landing aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage and was using an Aerocobra as his ‘personal runabout’,. He asked permission to conduct a landing onboard which was refused. So he wrote to an old friend, who was 'driving' HMS Pretoria Castle, and asked him 'IF' they would take him aboard if he should ever encounter engine trouble? The friend was Caspar John. As a pilot himself, he knew Brown well, and understood perfectly his question. Feigning a problem overhead Brown landed successfully onboard. To get airborne again, the ship was steaming at full speed, but it still required Brown use all his skill to get airborne again.
AH574 was scrapped in 1946 when a factory test-pilot reported it was now in an advanced stage of decay, and Winkle acquired an ex-Luftwaffe Feisler Storch as its replacement (which 'Winkle' later flew onto HMS Triumph)
Fifty-one years ago today April 5, 1970 as USS FORRESTAL CVA-59 steamed in company with USS LITTLE ROCK CLG-4, USS JOHN KING DDG-3, and SOPA is COMSIXTHFLT embarked in FORRESTAL. OTC is Captain Charles F. Demmler, Commanding Officer of FORRESTAL.
Record Landing.
Lieutenant D. B. Howe of VA-216 the Black Diamonds made USS FORRESTAL’s 153,000 arrested landing in his A-4E Skyhawk.

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Curtiss F6C fighters and Martin T3M torpedo bombers on USS Lexington's (CV-2) flight deck, off San Diego, California, Apr 4, 1928.

United States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

The French light fleet carrier Lafayette, former USS Langley CVL-27, at Mers el Kebir in Algeria, 1962. Langley was transferred to the French Navy in 1951 and renamed Lafayette, serving until 1963.

Sixty-five years ago today April 4, 1956 as USS FORRESTAL CVA-59 steamed in the Virginia Capes Operating area in company with USS WREN DD-568. Captain Roy L. Johnson, USN, Commanding Officer.
First Catapult Launch of F8U Crusader, Aboard USS FORRESTAL CVA-59.
During the next two days, CDR Windsor made 12 landings and launches. The fifth catapult shot nearly resulted in the destruction of the Crusader when, during the cat stroke, the Crusader suddenly skidded down the deck at an awkward angle. Reacting immediately, CDR Windsor retarded the throttle to idle and stood on the brakes. The Crusader stopped only four feet from FORRESTAL’s bow. Since no apparent damage was done, the launches continued.
Initial carrier qualification tests took place aboard the USS FORRESTAL CVA-59 with F8U-1 BuNo 140446 (the fourth pre-production F8U-1) in April of 1956. Patuxent test pilot CDR R. W. "Duke" Windsor carried out the initial tests. The first catapult launch took place on April 4.
The first production F8U-1s reached VX-3 in December of 1956. The first operational squadron to re-equip with the Crusader was VF-32 at NAS Cecil Field in March of 1957, followed by West Coast squadrons VF-154 and VF(AW)-3, then by VF-211, VF-143, and VF-143. The first squadron to operate the F8U-1 aboard an aircraft carrier was VF-32, which embarked aboard the USS Saratoga towards the end of 1957. The first Marine Corps squadrons took their Crusaders in December of 1957--VMF-122, followed by VMF-312, VMF-333, and VMF-334.
In order to show off its new fighter, the Navy decided to use the Crusader to capture the World's air speed record, held at that time by the F-100C Super Sabre at 825 mph. The Navy felt that the Crusader could beat that record by a substantial margin, perhaps even giving the Crusader the distinction of being the first aircraft to set a record that exceeded 1000 mph. However, on March 19, 1956, the Fairey Delta F.D.2, a British research aircraft, set a speed record of 1132 mph, 310 mph greater than the previous record. Undaunted, the Navy went ahead with its plans, but since it did not want to reveal the full capabilities of the Crusader, the team was told to hold back, the only instructions being given to exceed 1000 mph. On August 21, 1956, CDR "Duke" Windsor in F8U-1 BuNo 141345 (the twelfth production machine) hit an average speed of 1015.428 mph in two speed runs in opposite directions over a 15-kilometer course at an altitude of 40,000 feet over China Lake, California. This set a new national speed record, and for this feat the Thompson Trophy was awarded to the Navy and to Vought.

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Morning guys sorry I haven't posted lately but I've been "Flat out as a Lizard drinking"and just haven't had the time. Here are a few just to keep me in the game.

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