SAVE THE VENGEANCE

PRESERVED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AROUND THE WORLD

Appeal to save for the Nation the last British, Commonwealth and South American
Second World War Aircraft Carrier
Preservando a História da Naval Aviação Brasileira
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HMS Vengeance as Minas Gerais A-11
The HMS Vengeance's fate hangs in the balance. On Tuesday 16th October 2001, HMS Vengeance was de-commissioned as "Minas Gerais" by the Brazilian Navy and is currently at the Naval Dockyard at Rio de Janeiro. The proposal is being made to convert the ship into a floating museum in Southampton. Up to 4.13 million pounds sterling (US $6 million) is being raised for purchase costs.
MG Vengeance and the proposed Solent Aeronautica Heritage Centre Project

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To date there are no preserved or safeguarded Aircraft Carriers in the UK or the Commonwealth, and no plan to set up or preserve any. This is quite in contrast with the USA where up to 11 aircraft carriers are in preservation as ship museums (see FAA Archive world carrier list). 

Yet, the UK still has a chance to safeguard some of its former aircraft carriers which subsequently saw service in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and India and which were still in existence at the start of 2001. See the FAA Archive Surviving carrier page directory for a summary of the surviving RN and Commonwealth carriers which still survive today in the 21st Century. Conservation is required urgently and a campaign of effort to ensure their survival.

The full list of extant Aircraft carrier museums are as follows:

USS FORRESTAL
USS Forrestal aircraft carrier museum project (USA)

(see alternate website)
USS HORNET
USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum (USA)

USS INTREPID
USS Interpedid  Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York (USA)

USS LEXINGTON
USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum (USA)
 

USS MIDWAY
USS Midway - San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum (USA)

USS ORISKANY
USS Oriskany aircraft carrier Museum (USA)

USS RANGER
USS Ranger Museum (USA)

USS SARATOGA
USS Saratoga museum project (USA) 

INS VIKRANT/HMS HERCULES
INS Vikrant/HMS Hercules aircraft carrier campaign

USS YORKTOWN
USS Yorktown - Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (USA)
 

Information supplied by Graham Falkner Drucker of the Fleet Air Arm Archive
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