The Saratoga is part of the U.S. Atlantic fleet and participated in operation Desert Storm in 1990/91. Launched in 1956, this aircraft carrier is continuously up-dated, especially its radar and electronic systems.
Introduced to the RNLI in 1995, the all-weather Severn Class Lifeboat is the largest in their fleet. It has a range of 250 nautical miles and a top speed of 25 knots. It carries a powered Y boat that can be launched and recovered by a lightweight crane to enable rescues close to shore. It propellers are protected so it can take ground without damage.
Scheme A - Aircraft flown by Flight Lieutenant Edward 'Ted' Powles, No. 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force Kai Tak, Hong Kong, January 1951. Scheme B - 3 Division Flottilj 11, Flygvapnet, Nyköping, Sweden, 1949.
Scheme A - No. 825 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Glorious, 1939. Scheme B - Aircraft believed to have been flown by Lieutenant Ian Swayne and observer Sub Lieutenant (A) J. Buxall, Operation "Judgement", No. 815 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Illustrious, 11-12 November, 1940.
Scheme 1 - Aircraft flown by Lieutenant Richard John (Dickie) Cork (DSO & DSC), No.880 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Indomitable, Operation “Ironclad”,Diego Suarez, Madagascar, May 1942.Scheme 2 - No.804 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Arm Arm, HMS Eagle, 1941.
Ordered straight from the drawing board in 1935, the Bristol Type 142, later called the Blenheim, saw service across all the major fronts of the Second World War. The Blenheim was used extensively by the RAF as both a light bomber and fighter before being phased out of service in 1943.
Its not the most famous RAF aircraft of WWII, the Whitley was one of three British medium bombers in service at the outbreak of the WWII and although it was withdrawn from front line bombing duties following the introduction of heavier, four-engined bombers.
As US bomber operations iniate at airfields all over Southern England from the summer of 1942, the vehicles used in servicing their Liberators and Flying Fortresses were slowly changing from the standard RAF support vehicles, to specialised US Air Force gear.