The RN invented Naval Aviation as we know it. The steam catapult and the angle deck were British Inventions. Royal Naval Aviation is three years older than US Naval Aviation. They are our big brothers......................
Those RN Phantoms of 892 Squadron were the most awesome Phantoms that I have ever seen. Yes, I did see them along with the Blackburn Buccaneers of 809 Squadron and the Fairey Gannetts, when I was a young sailor aboard USS Independence CV62. We conducted two cross deck ops with Ark Royal back then.
She must have been a fine ship to serve aboard.
Mother, Mother Ocean
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker
Counted the Stars
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line