The Fleet Air Arm memorial, on the banks of the Thames, is one of many that stand together at this spot. The Battle of Britain, the Korean War and Royal Air Force memorials all being in very close proximity, outside the Ministry of Defence building in Victoria Embankment Gardens.
Forming one of many Fleet Air Arm memorials across the country, it joins others such as those at that the National Memorial Arboretum and Lee on Solent.
A more modest memorial, this one was designed by the architect James Butler RA, who has created a number of other statues and monuments in and around London.
Initially, the figure looks like an angel, but is thought to resemble Daedalus, the Greek inventor – father to Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and fell to his death.
The statue, which was unveiled on the 1st of June 2000 by…
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