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FAA Stories – Our Dits

Wherever there is Naval Aviation, there are stories…and plenty of them!

This is the place where you can find our ‘dits’. A ‘dit’ is defined as ‘a story – sometimes exaggerated’. We’ll leave you to make up your own minds!

While we cannot guarantee that our collection of stories are historically accurate, but we’re sure that they are pretty close! They are tales from across the Fleet Air Arm by people who were there (we think).

We hope you enjoy our stories and please let us know if you have one of your own to share!

Operation Musketeer

Operation Musketeer

Listening Watch

Listening Watch

Floatplane on a Carrier

Floatplane on a Carrier

A Sprog ATCO

A Sprog ATCO

Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

Glorious Flying

Glorious Flying

WWII Fighter Pilot

WWII Fighter Pilot

The way flying used to be

The way flying used to be

Golden Age

Golden Age

Crimson Crabs

Crimson Crabs

Hermes And Red Dragon

Hermes And Red Dragon

The Far East

The Far East

Fixed and Rotary Collaboration

Fixed and Rotary Collaboration

The Winch Wire

The Winch Wire

Drowned Sea King

Drowned Sea King

The Times they are a Changing

The Times they are a Changing

By the Book

By the Book

An Eternal Rivalry

An Eternal Rivalry

Prince Philip Saved Us From Dying

Prince Philip Saved Us From Dying

Hunter on the Beach

Hunter on the Beach

Dangers of the Winchwire!

Dangers of the Winchwire!

Mishap at Kaieteur Falls

Mishap at Kaieteur Falls

Family Fleet Air Arm Stories

Family Fleet Air Arm Stories

Turn The Fleet?

Turn The Fleet?

Ode To The Wessex

Ode To The Wessex

The Success of the Wessex

The Success of the Wessex

Atlantic Conveyor

Atlantic Conveyor

Correct R/T phraseology

Correct R/T phraseology

A Slippery Encounter

A Slippery Encounter

Blast From The Past

Blast From The Past

Never Volunteer – Unless Ordered

Never Volunteer – Unless Ordered

Times They Are A Changing!

Times They Are A Changing!

A Close Shave Episode II

A Close Shave Episode II

Operation Runaground

Operation Runaground

Gannet ditching!

Gannet ditching!

Night Flying

Night Flying

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue

Seahawk Return

Seahawk Return

A Close Shave

A Close Shave

We are all professionals round here?

We are all professionals round here?

Tales from The Sea

Tales from The Sea

Night Carrier Operations

Night Carrier Operations

Sea Harrier Ejection

Sea Harrier Ejection

A Hair Raising Experience

A Hair Raising Experience

Russians, Minis and Torpedoes

Russians, Minis and Torpedoes

Emergency Refreshments

Emergency Refreshments

Lobster for Dinner?

Lobster for Dinner?

007 – Engineer?

007 – Engineer?

The Auster

The Auster

Phantom Testing

Phantom Testing

Attempting to Fly the Gazelle

Attempting to Fly the Gazelle

Commander G C ‘Tank’ Sherman

Commander G C ‘Tank’ Sherman

Communication Breakdown

Communication Breakdown

The Other Fellow’s Point of View

The Other Fellow’s Point of View

The World’s Greatest Flying Club

The World’s Greatest Flying Club

Lt Cdr Jock Moffat

Lt Cdr Jock Moffat

Wideawake Terns

Wideawake Terns

Sea Princes and Newly Weds!

Sea Princes and Newly Weds!

Scramble Time

Scramble Time

The Ships’ Position Is

The Ships’ Position Is

A Cold Descent

A Cold Descent

Swordfish Dead Stick Landing

Swordfish Dead Stick Landing

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Somewhere in the Far East

Somewhere in the Far East

Henry Mitchell’s Day Out

Henry Mitchell’s Day Out

A Spot Of Bother With The Sea Vixens

A Spot Of Bother With The Sea Vixens

How I Shot Myself Down

How I Shot Myself Down

Helicopter World Bagpipe Playing Height Record

Helicopter World Bagpipe Playing Height Record

The Runaway Sea King

The Runaway Sea King