In February 1957 Warrior sailed west for the Panama Canal and thence into the Pacific where she and her aircraft would assist in Operation Grapple, the tests of Britain's first atomic bombs. During this operation Brian's adventures included dislodging the padre's kidney stone upon a catapult launch, denting the flight deck by a heavy landing and ditching close to the beach after an engine failure. Having converted to helicopters Brian was posted to 815 Squadron aboard HMS Albion in 1960 flying the Whirlwind Mk 7. During this posting he survived another ditching when his helicopter lost power and sunk. Having returned from a long Far Eastern voyage, Brian was now posted into The Helicopter Trials and Development Unit and it was whilst experimenting in a prototype Wasp that an accident, in which his crewman perished, was to injure him so severely that he was unable to fly again. He completed his commission as an Air Traffic Control Officer
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Flying with the Fleet Air Arm in the 1950's and 1960's. The Royal Navy still maintained a significant aircraft carrier force and was changing from WW2 vintage propeller driven aircraft to jets, prop-jets and helicopters. The author sampled them all. In the end he was severely bitten by one, ending his flying career.Written with a light and engaging touch, a look at life in a navy now lost forever.Those familiar with BBC radio comedy programmes will, in Chapter 3, find that "The Navy Lark" might have been closer to the truth than we ever thought - "Ev'rybody Down!".
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