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Ark Royal

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The ship middle.
Year only approximately I can tell. 1973 - 1974.

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On the flight deck I can see what looks like a Fairey Gannet AEW3 coded 044.

http://www.gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk/gannet/gannet.html

I suspect that this is XL472 which served with 849 squadron 'A' flight on HMS Ark Royal when the aircraft was coded 421/R. However, on the 'Arks' last commission she was with 'B' flight and coded 044/R.

Gannet AEW 3's were deployed on carriers until December 1978. During that same month, the 'Ark' entered HMNB Devonport for the last time.
 

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