Hall 3 at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset is dedicated to displaying the look, feel and sound of an aircraft carrier at sea. The floor is laid out like the carrier HMS Ark Royal (R09) and features a number of post-war combat aircraft. Every few minutes a demonstration of a landing and take off is shown with images projected on to large screens at either end of the hall. At the front of the exhibit is a Phantom FG.1 being catapulted off the deck while at the rear a Blackburn Buccaneer comes in to land. Once you have seen everything on deck you can then undertake the “Island Tour” which allows you to visit exact recreations of sections of Ark Royal and learn more about how the ship functioned and what life was like for sailors.
For anyone who has the chance to visit the museum this is an absolute must-see. The only downside to the exhibit is that the low lighting for the projector isn’t very friendly to the camera lens.
Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN957/630/LM & Buccaneer S.2B XV333/234/H
De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XS590/131/E
McDonnell Douglas F-4K Phantom II
Supermarine Scimitar F.1 – XD317/112/R
Vickers Supermarine Attacker F.1 WA473/102/J & De Havilland Sea Vampire (Third Prototype)
Fairey Gannet COD.4 XA466