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A flight in the FG-1D Corsair from Shoreham (Brighton) airport to the USS Lexington in the English Channel.

 

The Corsair is painted in the colours of 1850 NAS Fleet Air Arm. The real aircraft (KD345 G-FGID) flies with the Fighter Collection based at Duxford UK.

 

Shoreham Airport was founded in 1910. It is the oldest airport in the UK and the oldest purpose-built commercial airport in the world still in operation.

 

The USS Lexington (CV-2) was commissioned on 14 December 1927. The ship was originally to be built as a battle cruiser but was later authorized to be completed as an aircraft carrier. On 7 December 1941, Lexington was at sea transporting aircraft from Pearl Harbor to Midway, in an effort to reinforce the island, when they were informed of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. in the Coral Sea in early May 1941 an attack by Japanese aircraft crippled Lexington.  Lexington was scuttled by an American destroyer during the evening of 8 May to prevent her capture.

 

Orbx EGKA Shoreham and Orbx partners - Blackbird Simulations FG-1D and Miltech Simulations USS Lexington in MSFS.

 

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20 minutes ago, bernd1151 said:

Beautiful shots and great landing, Paul. The Corsair is not the easiest to land on a carrier :)

 

Thanks Calum. It was a nice flight :)

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1 hour ago, Sniper31 said:

Way cool images Paul, and great homage to the history of the USS Lexington. A nice fitting flight in the sim :) 

 

Thanks Landon :). I often research a planned flight. Somehow it then seems more interesting.

 

Interestingly, Lexington's wreck was located on 4 March 2018 by research vessel Petrel during an expedition funded by philanthropist Paul Allen. A remotely operated underwater vehicle confirmed the ship's identity by the nameplate on its stern. It lies at a depth of 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) and at a distance of more than 800 kilometers (500 mi) east off the coast of Queensland.

The wreck lies on the seabed separated into multiple sections. Seven TBD Devastators, three SBD Dauntlesses, and a single F4F Wildcat were also located farther to the west—all in a good state of preservation.

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