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.
Hermes - Task force flagship HMS Hermes returning triumphantly to Portsmouth. She was expected to draw large croawds at the Royal Navy open day

THIS WEEK IN 1982: The dockyard’s gates open but not its ships

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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.