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Blackburn Shark I

Blackburn Shark I of 820 Squadron Fa over HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson, 1937

The Royal Air Force Museum is Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation

Media ID 639886

© Charles Brown Collection, Royal Air Force Museum

Fleet Air Arm Interwar Royal Air Force Royal Navy Ships


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This evocative photograph captures the Blackburn Shark I of 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) in flight over HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson, two formidable warships of the Royal Navy, in 1937. The image, taken by renowned aviation photographer Charles E. Brown for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum, offers a unique glimpse into the interwar period of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. The Blackburn Shark I, a two-seat biplane torpedo bomber, was a key component of the Fleet Air Arm's early development. With its distinctive gull-wing design and large biplane configuration, the Shark I was a formidable presence in the skies above the Royal Navy's battleships. The aircraft's role was to provide close support to the fleet, engaging enemy ships with torpedoes or dropping depth charges against submarines. In this photograph, we see the Shark I in its element, flying low and slow over the water, with HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson anchored in the background. The battleships, both prominent symbols of the Royal Navy's power and prestige, provide a striking contrast to the agile and nimble Shark I. The image underscores the close relationship between the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force during this period, as both services worked together to defend the United Kingdom against potential threats. The Blackburn Shark I played a crucial role in the development of the Fleet Air Arm, paving the way for more advanced aircraft and further integrating aviation into naval warfare. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the innovation, courage, and teamwork that characterized the interwar period of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

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