Camouflage & Markings – Fairey Flycatcher
Entering service in1923, the Flycatcher was one of the earliest aircraft specifically designed and built for operation from aircraft carriers. Fitted with floats, it could also be operated from catapults on battleships and cruisers.
The Fleet Air Arm was originally formed as a part of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1923, and it was for the new branch of the service that the Flycatcher was produced.
They were all painted silver overall. The coloured bands on Naval aircraft fuselages denoted the carrier they were attached to as follows:- Argus, green; Courageous, blue; Eagle, black; Furious, red; and Hermes, white. The code numbers on the fuselages indicated the unit (flight or squadron) and individual aircraft ident. It was a somewhat complicated system. The numbers were usually repeated on the top wings.
The Flycatcher remained in service until 1934 when it was replaced by the Hawker Nimrod.