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Corsair Mk IV KD345 "130" of 1850 sqdn of HMS Vengeance, December 1945
Profile created by Nigel Eastmond
GOODYEAR FG-1D CORSAIR KD345 [130-A] (G-FGID/88297)
The Chance Vought Corsair Mk.IV's. first saw service with HMS Vengeance in January 1945.  The FG1D Corsair had the biggest and most powerful engine and the propellor of any fighter in history when it was introduced in 1940, it was also the first to exceed 400mph. During 1945-1946, HMS Vengeance embarked 24 Corsairs from HMS 1850 Naval Air Squadron. Today, one aircraft remains in the UK painted in the markings of an 1850 squadron Corsair from HMS Victorious in December 1945, Corsair FG-1D KD345. See The Fighter Collection website.

See the Fighter Collection's website for full details. Photograph by Ben Rogers
 

FAIREY FIREFLY WB271

Fairey Firefly FR.1's first saw service with HMS Vengeance in January 1946 when her Fairey Barracuda II were replaced. The extant Fairey Firefly WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) entered service with 814 squadron at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, in July 1949 and spent nine months at sea with HMS Vengeance and afterwards to Korea. She was then transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and served on the Carrier ‘Sydney’ before conversion for target towing duties in 1957 (see RNHF website).

The extant Fairey Firefly WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) flew from HMS Vengeance 1949-1950
HAWKER SEA FURY
The Sea Fury was used from 1949 to 1962 as the principal fleet defence fighter of the Royal Australian Navy. 101 Sea Furies were operated during that period, and they saw service on the Aircraft Carriers HMAS Sydney and HMAS Vengeance. The Sea Fury was eventually replaced by the Sea Venom.
 
 


RAN Seafury WM587 preserved and airworthy

SUPERMARINE SEA OTTER

The Sea Otter was used by the RAN from 1948-1953 for Air-Sea rescue duties. They were primarily acquired to operate from the RAN Aircraft Carriers HMAS Sydney and HMAS Vengeance. The Navy operated two of these amphibious aircraft until helicopters began to assume the Air-Sea-Rescue (ASR) role.

GRUMMAN P-16 TRACKER


P-16E FAB 7032 e 7033 a bordo do NAeL "Minas Gerais" (via L. Thiesen).

With the Vengeance in the commission of the Brazilian Navy as "Minas Gerais", the Brazilian squadron 1º Esquadrão do 1º GAE was assigned to operate the Tracker, having as its land base Base Aérea de Santa Cruz - BASC. From November 1958, 1º Esquadrão do 1º GAE operated a a Fleet of North-American B-25, North-American T-6D and Bell H-13J aircraft. In July 1961, 1º Esquadrão do 1º GAE received it its first S2F-1, designated as P-16 in the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), thirteen being acquired directly from Grumman. From January 1965, the P-16 were permitted to operate from the deck of Minas Gerais and on 22nd June 1965, Ten.-Av. Antonio Claret Jordão undertook the first landing on the " Minas Gerais ", piloting P-16 7021. 

Aircraft 7034 was the last to serve with the aircraft carrier when it alone came back to fly and be catapulted for one last time on 9 October 1996 from " Minas Gerais ". Preerved Tracker P-16E's from the Minas Gerais include P-16E 7037 of the BASC at the Rio Aerospace Museum - MUSAL, along with P-16 7016.  Another Tracker conserved for display is P-16E 7032, of the BASC. Two others (one of them being the 7034) had been acquired by the airline TAM for display in its museum in Americana/SP. 12 more remain stored in the São Paulo Aeronautical Material Park- PAMA/SP (Parque de Material Aeronáutico de São Paulo). 
 

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