|HMS Ark Royal|
$220 Artist Proof
|Image size 28 x 20|
Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile
airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of
her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of
168 feet, and was 846 feet long. Ships company numbered 2,570 and her Air
Group consisted of Phantom Interceptors, Buccaneer strike and Gannet AEW
aircraft together with Wessex SAR and Sea King ASW helicopters. She served
her Nation and the Royal Navy for 23 years and sailed 800,000 miles of
valuable service, finally being decommissioned in 1979.
Every print is signed by:
Vice Admiral Sir Edward Anson KCB,
Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi GCB (both former Captains of the Ark Royal)
Commander TJH Gedge RN AFC (Phantom pilot – actually flew Phantom depicted) Commander D. Hobbs (Gannet pilot), Lt. Commander D R George RN AFC (Wessex helicopter pilot), Captain E M Hackett (Buccaneer pilot), Captain R C Swales RN (Sea King pilot) and Mr. Tom Wilkinson (Fleet Master at Arms).
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