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    Voices in Flight: The Fleet Air Arm: Recollections from Formation to Cold War (Hardback) By (author) Malcolm Smith

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    Short Description for Voices in Flight: The Fleet Air Arm A compendium of accounts stretching across the history of this particularly interesting branch of the British Royal Navy. Captures an authentic sense of what it was like for pilots on operation, both at war and during peace time.
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  • The author Malcolm Smith has been the Editor of Jabberwock, the bi-annual journal of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, for a short while and has inherited the complete archive of editions dating back to the formation of SOFFAAM in 1979. In browsing through these, it quickly became apparent to him that they provided a unique archive of reminiscence of the men and (occasionally) women who served in, or have been associated with, the Fleet Air Arm since its formation in 1918. The Fleet Air Arm were the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft, and its history is a varied one as these accounts attest. The Royal Navy, in common with the other armed services, expanded enormously during the Second World War, so anecdotes from this period naturally predominate. To illustrate the varied experiences of the contributors, these are grouped into "War in the West" and "War in the East". Whether drawn from peace or war, however, what emerges from these pages is a particular spirit, peculiar to the Fleet Air Arm and reflecting its somewhat hybrid nature; a spirit derived from a high level of professional competence combined with a certain irreverence towards Authority.