A Flying Visit – Fairy Swordfish
The pilot treated the site to a short display incorporating 3 spectacular passes. The event was captured on camera by the Estate Manager Peter Melling. Peter said “I heard the first pass and left the office to see if I could see what it was. When it flew over building 84 I was lucky to get the snap”.
W5856 is painted in the pre-war colours of 810 Squadron embarked in HMS Ark Royal. The horizontal stripes on the fin denote the Commanding Officer’s aircraft, and the blue and red fuselage stripes are the colours for Ark Royal with the letter code ‘A’ being for the ship, ‘2’ for the second squadron and ‘A’ for the first aircraft of that squadron. The long yellow fuselage strip identified 810 as Yellow Squadron in the summer air exercises held in 1939.