A Bit High

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The early 1950s, probably during the Korean War. A Fairey Firefly aircraft is trying to land on a Royal Navy aircraft carrier. The Flight Deck Officer, wearing yellow and using yellow bats to signal to the pilot, warns him that he is too high on approach. The aircraft's tail hook (hanging down at the back) will not catch the arrester wire to enable it to brake sufficiently. The pilot is 'waved off' and will have to fly around and try again. This wastes valuable time and puts the ship in a vulnerable position while it proceeds slowly, waiting for the next attempt.

Fleet Air Arm Museum



A Bit High


acrylic on board


H 60.5 x W 71 cm

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acquired, before 1987

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