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  • DinoTim
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Dec 2014
    • 9

    HMS Eagle 1967 Commission

    This might be of interest to the Fleet Air Arm aficionados out there!

    These photos were taken back in 1967 by the Ship's Photographic Team.

    My friend Barry came by this album when his Cousin, Grenville Burgess otherwise known as "Budgie" or "Budge" served on the Eagle during this time as a Flight Engineer. Sadly, Grenville passed away in 2013.

    Barry has kindly allowed me to share these photos. Some of them maybe familiar as these were available for purchase by the Ship's Company but well worth a second viewing in my opinion!

    This thread will hopefully serve as a fitting tribute to Grenville and all his FAA/RN mates!

    Here's the first batch of six photos plus the cover of the album, feel free to correct or add any additional information.

    More to follow in the next few days and weeks if there's enough interest?!

    Cheers
    Tim

    1.
    HMS Eagle-2 by Timc63, on Flickr

    2. Grenville standing in the back row, third from left.

    HMS Eagle by Timc63, on Flickr

    3. Aerial view of HMS Eagle.

    HMS Eagle (2) by Timc63, on Flickr

    4. Entering "The Cape" 8th September 1967.

    HMS Eagle-6 by Timc63, on Flickr

    5.
    HMS Eagle-3 by Timc63, on Flickr

    6. Fairey Gannet COD.4 of 849D Flight. Affectionately known as "The Postman" on the Eagle I believe?!

    HMS Eagle-5 by Timc63, on Flickr

    7. 899 Sqn Sea Vixen. On occasions a "Show of Force" would be put on for visiting VIP's!

    HMS Eagle-4 by Timc63, on Flickr
    Last edited by DinoTim; 3rd February 2015, 19:33.
  • Wyvernfan
    wyvernfan@gmail.com
    • Oct 2007
    • 5893

    #2
    Nice photos, thanks for sharing.


    Rob
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    • skyskooter
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Oct 2012
      • 409

      #3
      Keep 'em coming.

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      • Mr Creosote
        Better get a bucket...
        • Aug 2005
        • 1399

        #4
        Originally posted by skyskooter View Post
        Keep 'em coming.
        Yes please!
        Terms & Conditions Apply.

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        • paul1867
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Nov 2012
          • 1452

          #5
          Very interesting photos thanks for posting. Yes please post more.
          I had just got round to seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty, when some sod came and drank it......

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          • DinoTim
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Dec 2014
            • 9

            #6
            Here's a few more from 1967!

            8.
            HMS Eagle-5-2 by Timc63, on Flickr

            9.
            HMS Eagle-4-2 by Timc63, on Flickr

            10.
            HMS Eagle-7 by Timc63, on Flickr

            11.
            HMS Eagle-2-2 by Timc63, on Flickr

            12.
            HMS Eagle-3-2 by Timc63, on Flickr

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            • blackcat54
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Nov 2009
              • 78

              #7
              Excellent pics. Thank you

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              • otis
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Dec 2009
                • 212

                #8
                Super pics. What carrier is that in pic 10 please ?

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                • bazv
                  olde rigger
                  • Feb 2005
                  • 5878

                  #9
                  Very nice pics - thank you for posting

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                  • Junk Collector
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2006
                    • 1465

                    #10
                    HMS Eagle 1953 The Olden Days

                    I thought I would show this picture which isn't in the remit of this thread but may be of interest , the person i got it from said they were the photographer on board, I cannot vouch for the information I got.

                    January 1952, not 53 as in the title, aircraft from 703 service trials unit based at Ford visited Eagle.

                    A line up you would kill to see now. From the front Sea Fury, Firebrand, Firefly, Hornet, and Attacker right at the back, They were later joined by a Grumman Avenger, apologies for the bad copies, the Hornet supposedly has the code FD on it's tail for Ford where the unit was based. Anyway the second photo is the Attacker crashing off the side part of the wing still Visible.
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                    Last edited by Junk Collector; 1st February 2015, 23:18.
                    Officially now a pensioner

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                    • trumper
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2003
                      • 6724

                      #11
                      What superb photos ,thank you for posting them

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                      • Roborough
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Nov 2011
                        • 310

                        #12
                        Originally posted by otis View Post
                        Super pics. What carrier is that in pic 10 please ?
                        It would be HMS Albion or Bulwark after conversion to a helicopter carrier.

                        Great pictures! I have a copy of the rocket firing Sea Vixen that I think was from a set I purchased at the FAA museum 20 odd years ago.

                        Bill

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                        • Paul Rowse
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Apr 2008
                          • 76

                          #13
                          Excellent photos of Eagle's 1967 commission. I particularly enjoyed picture 11 showing the Buccaneer overflying the surprisingly sparsely occupied pans of RAF Khormaksar in Aden. I would have been underneath it at the time, not far from the Beverley in the bottom right corner. Usually, the aircraft pans would be quite full as our resident squadrons included Hunter, Shackleton, Wessex, Twin Pioneer, Beverley and Argosy aircraft as well as the RAF's last operational Dakota. Also daily visitors to Khormaksar included Britannia and VC10 troopers from British Eagle, British United Airways and RAF Transport Command, plus many regular scheduled civil flights including DC3's and VC10's from Aden and East African Airways respectively. RAF Vulcan, Victor and Canberra's were also frequent visitors as were a variety of United States and French military types.

                          I also remember the old aircraft dump seen at the bottom centre of the picture where I recall clambering over a derelict Egyptian Air Force Ilyushin transport and an even older abandoned B25 Mitchell bomber. Going back to the Beverley at bottom right, I was especially pleased to see the lines of 'blast walls' built to protect the aircraft from mortar attack that I and many other 'volunteers' built in the summer of '67. They were constructed of thousands of 45 gallon oil drums stacked three high and filled with water - gruelling work in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

                          Anyway, many thanks for showing the photos and evoking old memories. Regards....Paul

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                          • Gerry R
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • May 2011
                            • 148

                            #14
                            HMS Eagle 1967 Commission, The FAA at its Zenith.

                            Many thanks to Tim,and Barry for making available the late Grenville (Budgie R.I.P) images with this thread.

                            Just got to say what a superb collection they are, the Fleet Air Arm and carrier aviation at its Zenith. HMS Eagle was quite capable later of operating Phantoms as well as Ark Royal after re-fit, but was withdrawn prematurely by an anti carrier Labour government at the time.

                            If you have more in the collection, please do not hesitate to post again.

                            Regards, Gerry R

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                            • Tin Triangle
                              Bright Young Thing
                              • Dec 2009
                              • 1218

                              #15
                              Thanks for posting these, what vivid and beautiful images. I particularly love the Vixen at low level "showing off". Just look at those condensation vortices!
                              Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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                              • Bager1968
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • May 2005
                                • 3635

                                #16
                                Originally posted by Gerry R View Post
                                HMS Eagle was quite capable later of operating Phantoms as well as Ark Royal after re-fit, but was withdrawn prematurely by an anti carrier Labour government at the time.

                                Regards, Gerry R
                                Not quite. While Eagle had been used for trials of the Phantom FG.1, that was with steel plates welded to the deck behind the catapults to protect the flight deck from the downward-pointing afterburner exhausts, and only one DAX-II arresting engine (#3) installed (the 4 others remained DAX-Is). Her catapults were the same as what Ark Royal got in 1970 (except for the bridle-catcher "horn"s).

                                She would have needed the other arresting engines replaced, catapult "horns" and water-cooled JBDs (jet-blast deflectors) installed, as well as getting avionics, engine, etc maintenance equipment for the Phantom installed.

                                Yes, this would have cost comparatively little - the estimate in 1967 was 5 million and 6 months.


                                - Eagle modernization 1960-1963: 500MM (included full rework of boilers, turbines, and so much more)

                                - Ark Royal Phantomization 1967-1969: 400MM (ignored boilers, turbines, and much of the auxiliary equipment)
                                Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of the pub, when Serbia bumps into Austria, and spills Austria's pint.

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                                • DinoTim
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Dec 2014
                                  • 9

                                  #17
                                  Just a few more from the collection.

                                  13.
                                  HMS Eagle-5 by Timc63, on Flickr

                                  14. Gannet AEW3
                                  HMS Eagle by Timc63, on Flickr

                                  15.
                                  HMS Eagle-2 by Timc63, on Flickr

                                  16.
                                  HMS Eagle-3 by Timc63, on Flickr

                                  17.
                                  HMS Eagle-4 by Timc63, on Flickr

                                  18...And for some reason my favorite shot!
                                  HMS Eagle-6 by Timc63, on Flickr

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                                  • delticman
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Dec 2012
                                    • 33

                                    #18
                                    An even better collection of photos overnight. Back in 1971 I got to visit Eagle when she came to Wellington, New Zealand on a non public day with the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand so we got to see a few other places.

                                    While checking out the aircraft list, I found that on the public days which I think there was two, 26,000 kiwis visited the ship.

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                                    • victor tango
                                      Rank 4 Registered User
                                      • Jul 2014
                                      • 107

                                      #19
                                      May be of relevance to this thread but it's worth looking up Admiral Le Fanu on wiki

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                                      • Walrus75
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Nov 2007
                                        • 12

                                        #20
                                        Great images

                                        Just as an aside, do you happen to have any pictures of any of the escort ships by any chance? My old man was on a destroyer called Caprice (D01) which I think may have been in Cape Town in '67, just wondering if she accompanied Eagle on this trip.

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