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1985 - 2018

The Fleet Air Arm Association's  
Officers, Committee Members and E
x Officio Members  
PATRON: Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB. CBE. ADC.  
Rear Admiral Tom Cunningham CBE.  
R. Golightly and F. Wadley  
Rear Admiral Keith E Blount OBE  
Brian Bingham  
Michael (Ben) Worship  
Peter Murray  
Terry Lowden - Bob Ridout - Dave Fairley - Mike Foote - Alan Key  
Ray “Happy” Day  

The Aims of the Fleet Air Arm Association are: To assist members in matters relating to welfare. To maintain a close relationship with the Service and to inform the general public of the past traditions and present function of the Fleet Air Arm.

In 1985 three branches, Birmingham, Hanworth and Gosport, met and agreed to form a National Fleet Air Arm Association. The Association now has eighteen branches and a membership of just under a thousand. Branches cover an area from Yorkshire (Leeds) in the North to the Solent (Lee on Solent) in the South, from Great Yarmouth in the East to Bristol and District in the West.

Today, branches support the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and the Royal Navy Historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton. The Association was actively involved with raising funds for a Fleet Air Arm Memorials, sited on the Embankment in London, and the National Arboretum, Staffordshire.

FAAA Membership

Membership is open to all serving and ex-serving ranks who served without dishonour in a recognised Fleet Air Arm Trade for a minimum of six months.

Full and Associate Membership is available from
Any of the FAAA's Local Branches.

If you do not have a Local FAAA Branch, you can get a Full UK or Full Overseas Membership by Joining our "Daedalus (HQ) Branch":

Daedalus Branch UK Member Applicants: - Joining Fee £15.00 which includes a Lapel Badge and first year's capitation.

Daedalus Branch Overseas Member Applicants: - Joining Fee £30 which includes a Lapel Badge, an Association Tie and first year's capitation.

The Capitation Fee for ALL Members will be £5.

Benefits of joining the Fleet Air Arm Association
The Membership Subscription covers:
1. One Year’s Association Membership.
2. Lapel Badge.
3. The FAAA's Newsletter.
( inc. All Packaging, Postage & Delivery. )

Further items can be purchased, a full list will be forwarded with your initial membership pack.
Future developments include a Membership Booklet giving service details and service history.

Your Initial Application Payment (i.e. the appropriate Joining Fee) is to paid by Cheque or Postal Order, made Payable to the "FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION" and
mailed to the FAAA Treasurer, thereafter Annually via a Standing Order/Direct Debit/Bank Transfer, using the form provided by the FAAA Treasurer.

TO JOIN, CONTACT THE… Membership Secretary or the Daedalus Branch Secretary
07/01/2018 “Latest Revised Association Constitution”

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The Latest Fleet Air Arm News at 05:49:02 on 15 August 2018

Information on FAAA Reunions

The 2019 AGM/Reunion!……
will be on the weekend of the 5th to the 8th of April 2019 at the
Best Western Royale Hotel, Bournemouth.

Report from the 2018 FAAA Reunion in Kettering (Jenny & Peter Murray)
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14/02/2018 Updated 31/05/2018
Eastchurch Aviation Pioneer Observance


The Isle of Sheppey was the birthplace of aviation in the UK. By 1911 the first Naval Aviators began training on a site near Eastchurch which then become the first Naval Air Station.

The 2018 Observance is being held Friday 18th May 1200hrs at the Memorial in Eastchurch. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk to Eastchurch Parish Council (Fiona Jackson)
eastchurchparishcouncil@hotmail.com or Phone/Fax 01795 880790

An Article Regarding The Above Event Updated 31/05/2018

17/04/2018 Updated 31/05/2018
The Fleet Air Arm Memorial Service
(formerly, the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association Memorial Service).

FAA War Memorial Lee on Solent

Will now take place in St Faith's Church, Lee on Solent and commence at 1230, with lunch at the Lee on Solent Golf Club being 1330 for 1400. Anyone wishing to book for lunch, the cost is £17.00 per person and consists of 3 courses with wine at the door.

The Daedalus site is currently undergoing a lot of building and road changes, but we are hoping to be able to divert traffic through the site, but there is no confirmation, as yet, that we will be able to do this.

Arnold Thompson
Membership Secretary
Fleet Air Arm Association

An Article Regarding The Above Event Updated 31/05/2018


Eastchurch Aviation Museum

Museum at HMP Standford Hill, Eastchurch, Sheppey, ME12 4AA, dedicated to the the Aviation Pioneers ( Royal Aero Club of GB Airfield 1909-1914, RFC Navy Wing Airfield 1911-1914, RNAS Flying School 1914-1918, RAF Eastchurch 1918-1946 ). Currently free entry & free parking. Open 10am - 3pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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Aviation History at Eastchurch

Peter West


Margaret Gidman - RIP

Dear All

I have just taken a call from Terry Gidman to tell Jenny and I that Margaret sadly lost her battle with cancer and passed away on Saturday morning. Just over 9 weeks since her diagnosis. Her condition deteriorated rapidly, she had been admitted into hospital and the plan was to transfer her to a Hospice.

Terry is of course busy with all the necessary arrangements and informing friends, colleagues and family. He is going to let us know the funeral details which I will circulate.

She was a lovely lady and contributed much to our Association, especially during the Airey Fairey days, she will be sadly missed. The Association meant a lot to her, and to Terry of course, and they were so touched when they received your caring messages and cards.

Update: 31/05/2018

Details of Margaret's funeral:

Friday 8th June

12 noon – Our Lady and St Michael's Church, Crown Rise, Garston, Watford WD25 0NE

13.00 – Burial at North Watford Cemetery

Followed by Wake at The Kings Lodge Hotel, Bridge Road, Watford WD4 8RF

Peter Murray
FAAA Secretary


Good Day,

By way of introduction I am Pete Simpson and am currently serving as the OiC of Triumph Squadron at HMS Raleigh which you may well remember as the "Fire School". I joined the RN as an Artificer Apprentice in 1986 and whilst I didn't serve in HMS Fisgard or HMS Caledonia I am very proud of my Artificer training.

As you may know, the Government has marked 2018 as the Year of Engineering and the RN is playing it's part in this in many ways. As the majority of Naval Engineering ratings since WW2 commenced their careers in Torpoint either in Fisgard or Raleigh then it is only right that we here play our part. To that end on 28 September we will be holding an open day for RN Engineers past and present who joined up in Torpoint. The day will involve a tour of the present Phase 1 training site, a buffet lunch in the WO & SR mess followed by witnessing the Passing Out of a large number of Engineering Technicians. It is also hoped that we will be able to mark the day with the refurbishment and return to Torpoint of the Fisgard Clock which is currently in storage in the dockyard.

Would you be able to help me publicise this event amongst your members by announcing it on your website and within your magazine? If possible, can I humbly ask if your association would be able to make a donation towards the refurbishment of the clock? We have already secured some funding for this but still have some way to go in order to be able to achieve our aim.

Pete Simpson

WO1 MEA Pete Simpson | OiC Triumph Squadron | School of Maritime Survivability | HMS RALEIGH | Torpoint | Cornwall | PL11 2PD |

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Dear All

The letter below was sent to Gordon Appleby regarding his parading our Standard at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne.

On behalf of everyone, thank you very much Gordon for a job well done.


Peter Murray - FAAA Secretary

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This article by Ken Satterthwaite, who was an Associate Member of the Fleet Air Arm Association, Watford Branch.

Ken and his wife Sheila recently accompanied us to the NFA Garden Party, and he was selected to be presented in person to HRH Princess Anne, on the basis that he was at Christmas Island during the nuclear tests.

Peter Murray - FAAA Secretary

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Allied Air Forces Memorial Day – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Dear Service Association Branch Secretary,

Please find attached invitation letter and booking form (
FAAA Members Contact the FAAA Secretary) for participation in the 2018 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day.

This year, we will of course be proudly marking the Centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and Women's Royal Air Force, in addition to the Centenary of the Armistice and the end of World War I, so we are anticipating greater attendance at this poignant international ceremony than ever.

May we also take this opportunity to extend our very Best Wishes for a Happy and Successful 2018 to all of you.

Warm Regards,

Ian Richardson

Communications Manager

01904 608595

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