Have you a story, anecdote or an experience you would like to relate regarding your time working on a carrier or on a carriers flight deck?

It doesn't matter if you were/are an Able Sea-man or an Admiral. If you recall something which you recall with horror or humour , then lets get it wrote down so you can share it with others.

I am trying to collect as many different stories ect, from all different ranks and branches as possible. I would like to put together this collection as very soon the memories of  fixed wing aircraft carrier operations in the Royal navy will gone for ever.

I feel that these memories should e kept alive for others who will never know what it is like to work on a fully operational flight deck. A thing that was like a very fast, colourful and noisy, beautifully choreographed ballet.

Please send your contributions to 


                          Flight Deck Memories  

About Me

I am John Stevens. I served as Leading Airman Aircraft Handler in the Fleet Air Arm during the 1960's and early 70's.
I served in HMS Ark Royal, twice, HMS Eagle and Hermes. I also worked as Air Field Fire Crew and in Air Traffic Control. I left the RN to work in ATC for Airwork Services in 1972.


I am retired and live at Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire

 Hobbies & Interests.

I am co-author with the late Eric B Morgan of the  'Scimitar File' published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, in 2000. This publication won the JD Eagles Trophy for that year.
Other interests are aircraft preservation. I do voluntary work for 'The Bristol Aero Collection' at Kemble Airfield in Gloucestershire. I am currently refurbishing the Bristol Type 173. The worlds first twin rotor and twin engined helicopter. This aircraft did deck trials on board HMS Eagle in 1953.



HMS Ark Royal at speed. This is the photo Robert Taylor  used as a guide to his beautiful painting.

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