Corsairs and Barracudas on HMS Illustrious

Corsairs and Barracudas on HMS Illustrious
A group of Chance Vought Corsairs and Fairey Barracudas waiting to be lowered into the hanger on HMS Illustrious. The picture also gives a good view of the carrier's main guns, with the top of four turrets seen, as well as the guns themselves in the top left. This picture also shows just how big an aircraft the Corsair was, easily on a par with the Barracuda bomber!
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (26 July 2010), Corsairs and Barracudas on HMS Illustrious , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_illustrious_corsair_barracuda.html

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