The British were the pioneers in the adaptation of carrier aviation to the jet era with the invention of the angle deck, steam catapults and the Optical (mirror) landing system. They couldn’t capitalize that advantage though because serious lack of funds -the Senior Service didn’t even have a specific air-refuelling platform- and vague policy. The inadequacy of its aerial assets didn’t helped either: the Sea Vixen entered service at beginning of 1960 after more than 10 years of development. The US.Navy by then was introducing the redoubtable Mach 2 Phantom II into service.
Not bad for a Beggar… de Havilland trademark’s twin boom shape never looked better.