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The Fleet Air Arm Association's
Officers, Committee Members and E
x Officio Members  
PATRON: Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB. CBE. ADC.  
Rear Admiral Tom Cunningham CBE.  
R. Golightly and F. Wadley  
Rear Admiral Keith E Blount OBE  
Brian Bingham  
Michael (Ben) Worship  
Peter Murray  
Terry Lowden - Bob Ridout - Dave Fairley - Mike Foote - Alan Key  
Ray “Happy” Day  

The Aims of the Fleet Air Arm Association are: To assist members in matters relating to welfare. To maintain a close relationship with the Service and to inform the general public of the past traditions and present function of the Fleet Air Arm.

In 1985 three branches, Birmingham, Hanworth and Gosport, met and agreed to form a National Fleet Air Arm Association. The Association now has eighteen branches and a membership of just under a thousand. Branches cover an area from Yorkshire (Leeds) in the North to the Solent (Lee on Solent) in the South, from Great Yarmouth in the East to Bristol and District in the West.

Today, branches support the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and the Royal Navy Historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton. The Association was actively involved with raising funds for a Fleet Air Arm Memorials, sited on the Embankment in London, and the National Arboretum, Staffordshire.

FAAA Membership

Membership is open to all serving and ex-serving ranks who served without dishonour in a recognised Fleet Air Arm Trade for a minimum of six months.

Full and Associate Membership is available from
Any of the FAAA's Local Branches.

If you do not have a Local FAAA Branch, you can get a Full UK or Full Overseas Membership by Joining our "Daedalus (HQ) Branch":

Daedalus Branch UK Member Applicants: - Joining Fee £15.00 which includes a Lapel Badge and first year's capitation.

Daedalus Branch Overseas Member Applicants: - Joining Fee £30 which includes a Lapel Badge, an Association Tie and first year's capitation.

The Capitation Fee for ALL Members will be £5.

Benefits of joining the Fleet Air Arm Association
The Membership Subscription covers:
1. One Year’s Association Membership.
2. Lapel Badge.
3. The FAAA's Newsletter.
( inc. All Packaging, Postage & Delivery. )

Further items can be purchased, a full list will be forwarded with your initial membership pack.
Future developments include a Membership Booklet giving service details and service history.

Your Initial Application Payment is to paid by Cheque or Postal Order and made Payable to the "FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION" and
mailed to the FAAA Treasurer, thereafter Annually via a Standing Order/Direct Debit/Bank Transfer, with the form provided by the Treasurer. - TO JOIN, CONTACT THE… Membership Secretary or the Daedalus Branch Secretary

07/01/2018 “Latest Revised Association Constitution”

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Information on FAAA Reunions

The 2019 AGM/Reunion!……
will be on the weekend of the 5th to the 8th of April 2019 at the
Best Western Royale Hotel, Bournemouth.

Report from the 2018 FAAA Reunion in Kettering (Jenny & Peter Murray)
2018 Reunion Photo Uploader
2018 Reunion Photo Gallery

Eastchurch Aviation Pioneer Observance


The Isle of Sheppey was the birthplace of aviation in the UK. By 1911 the first Naval Aviators began training on a site near Eastchurch which then become the first Naval Air Station.

The 2018 Observance is being held Friday 18th May 1200hrs at the Memorial in Eastchurch. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk to Eastchurch Parish Council (Fiona Jackson)
eastchurchparishcouncil@hotmail.com or Phone/Fax 01795 880790


Minutes of the 29th Meeting of the Fly Navy Federation


The Fleet Air Arm Memorial Service (formerly, the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association Memorial Service).

Will now take place in St Faith's Church, Lee on Solent and commence at 1230, with lunch at the Lee on Solent Golf Club being 1330 for 1400. Anyone wishing to book for lunch, the cost is £17.00 per person and consists of 3 courses with wine at the door.

The Daedalus site is currently undergoing a lot of building and road changes, but we are hoping to be able to divert traffic through the site, but there is no confirmation, as yet, that we will be able to do this.

Arnold Thompson
Membership Secretary
Fleet Air Arm Association


My name is Stuart Wakefield and I am a Member of the Association's Ferndown Branch.

I am carrying out academic research into the history of 848 Squadron for a PhD.

848 was the Fleet Air Arm's first operational helicopter unit, and it was disembarked for four years in Malaya carrying out operations in support of the security forces during the Emergency.

I am very keen to make contact with any FAAA Member who served on 848 Squadron during this period and who would be able to provide me with feedback relating to their experiences.

I can be contacted at either
esende@btinternet.com or on 01305 759180.

Many thanks, Stuart


Good Day All,

I have just received the notice from the British Legion to submit names of persons who wish to apply for tickets to attend the Whitehall Cenotaph parade.

This year the time deadline is very short and names must be with me by the 31st May 2018.

If you have any members needing a ticket please send me their details. I need:

1. Full Name and address with post code, these need to be as on photo id ( passport or driving license)
2. Date of Birth and place of birth
3. Official Number
4. Will medals be worn – yes or no

I will collate and forward details to the British Legion.

Peter Murray

26/04/218 - PLEASE NOTE:
The deadline has been extended – you should aim to let me have names by June/July.


Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia - May Newsletter

A new bumper-size "FlyBy' Newsletter has just been released. See below for an outline of the main articles contained within it, and click on the RED button at the end of this email to download it for viewing.

When HMS Terrible was launched in a British Dockyard in 1943, nobody could have predicted she would form the foundation of the RAN's Fleet Air Arm six years later. Read the story of how our FAA was born, or see the story in pictures.

One of the crazy ideas to land high performance aircraft on a carrier was to sheathe the flight deck in rubber and bounce an undercarriageless aircraft onto it. Read about this extraordinary trial and about the man who did it.

Introducing the "TurboFish"...a Stringbag with a Pratt & Whitney PT6 replacing the old Bristol engine. Sacrilege or Saviour? Read about this engineering marvel and make up your own mind!

….and more


Eastchurch Aviation Museum

Museum at HMP Standford Hill, Eastchurch, Sheppey, ME12 4AA, dedicated to the the Aviation Pioneers ( Royal Aero Club of GB Airfield 1909-1914, RFC Navy Wing Airfield 1911-1914, RNAS Flying School 1914-1918, RAF Eastchurch 1918-1946 ). Currently free entry & free parking. Open 10am - 3pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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Aviation History at Eastchurch

Peter West

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Fleet Air Arm Activities and Awards


Before the 'Awards of the Day' were presented at RNAS Culdrose, by the Head of the Fleet Air Arm (and the HON. VICE PRESIDENT of the FAAA),
Rear Admiral Keith Blount OBE there was an 'inspection' of the Sailors present for the occasion. The RNAS Culdrose band was also there to provide music for the occasion.

Admiral Blount said:

"It is a real thrill to be back at (RNAS) Culdrose.......... it feels as if I have come home to the place where my career in aviation started. I offer my sincere congratulations to each and every award winner - each one is very deserving. 2017 has been an incredible year for the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm. .......

............ You should all be incredibly proud of what you have achieved this year, from on-going operations in the Gulf, to 849 continuing to achieve in the Middle East. You should reflect on your achievements with pride; from your contribution to: help flood victims in Coverack, providing disaster relief in the Caribbean, and what was achieved during Exercise Kernow Flag in advancing our understanding of how we will operate the Merlin helicopter on board the new aircraft carriers." ................................. You are the men and women of Fleet Air Arm - we are the finest maritime Air Arm anywhere in the world. Be proud of yourselves and each other."

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Submitted by The FAAA Editor

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Allied Air Forces Memorial Day – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Dear Service Association Branch Secretary,

Please find attached invitation letter and booking form (
FAAA Members Contact the FAAA Secretary) for participation in the 2018 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day.

This year, we will of course be proudly marking the Centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and Women's Royal Air Force, in addition to the Centenary of the Armistice and the end of World War I, so we are anticipating greater attendance at this poignant international ceremony than ever.

May we also take this opportunity to extend our very Best Wishes for a Happy and Successful 2018 to all of you.

Warm Regards,

Ian Richardson

Communications Manager

01904 608595

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