Dixie I am sure I have just seen a Catalina and a Swordfish flying over South London. There were also five helicopters - Sea King, Lynx, Puma and two others flying in close formation.
Any idea what is going on?
Found it on the website! There is a flypast commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic at Greenwich. Unbelievable - why didn't they advertise it?!?!?!?
Seeing that Swordfish has made my day Funny to see loads of blokes looking intently up at the sky on my way home - while women just carried on walking
The Swordfish and the Catalina I get, but why the Helis associated with the "Battle of the Atlantic"?
I'm guessing that the FAA was trying to do a "Heritage flight" equivalent. But they retired the last Sea Harrier. So if the FAA has no fixed wings , you use what you have. And that's helo's.
Sorry I didn't reply sooner, been a busy boy.
The RN do have a heritage flight of sorts. But compared to the RAF's BBMF it's a smaller effort that's (iirc) got far more civvy involvement. They've got a mix of stuff, but there isn't much WW2 era FAA stuff kicking about really, a couple of Swordfish and a Firefly is about the lot I think*. They've got a Sea Fury, that came to CGY for a visit last summer but the pilot taxyed his a/c into some steps...
There wasn't much call for Seafires post-war, let alone Fulmars, Barracudas or Albacores. The BBMF are lucky that Spitfires were used quite widely after the war so there are a lot still around.
*Old Warden have a Sea Hurricane as well, the only flying one of her type surviving.