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20th Century

Toy replica of Royal Navy Aircraft.


The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) is the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft. 


The Fleet Air Arm was formed in 1924 as an organisational unit of the Royal Air Force which was then operating the aircraft embarked on RN ships - the Royal Navy Air Service having been merged with the British Army's Royal Flying Corps in 1918 - and did not come under the direct control of the Admiralty until mid-1939. During the Second World War, the Fleet Air Arm operated aircraft on ships as well as land-based aircraft that defended the Royal Navy's shore establishments and facilities.

Dean Castle
Digital Number:
EATOY077a, b, c, d
East Ayrshire Council

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