Venom in Victorious’s air wing

Sea Venoms and Scimitars on the flight deck of HMS Victorious, 1958.

Sea Venoms and Scimitars on the flight deck of HMS Victorious, 1958.

Apart from Victoria Pier and the steam ferry this is a scene that would have been familiar to Nelson.

A harbour view that would have been familiar to Horatio Nelson

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They say that when the two new aircraft carriers come into service there will no aircraft available to be based in them.

A little like an ice cream van with no ice cream or having a guitar with no strings don’t you think? Useless.

How different things were in the Royal Navy back in 1958 when HMS Victorious ruled the seas.

With a ship’s company of 2,200 including air crew, Victorious carried 36 aircraft including Scimitars, Sea Venoms and Skyraiders.

Thanks to Robin Kay who loaned me his scrapbook of photographs supplied by a family member, here we see about a dozen aircraft lined up on her flight deck.

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