U.S. Navy training film about escape from ditched modern jet fighters that sink faster than the old propeller airplanes
United States USA Date:1965 Duration:3 min 32 sec Sound:Yes
An F6F Hellcat ditches in the sea. It floats long enough to allow pilot to abandon it before sinking. Next an A-4 Skyhawk ditches. Narrator remarks about the short time for escape from such aircraft on the surface of the water. Views of tests conducted by the U.S. Navy to test the sink rates of jet aircraft from various heights and attitudes. A dummy is placed in the cockpit of a derelict F9F Panther, which is lifted by a crane and is dropped into water from a low height. It is seen floating. (Narrator states that even with no structural damage, it sinks in less than a minute.) Next an FJ-2 Fury is dropped from about 55 feet. Due to structural damage, narrator states such an aircraft may sink in a few seconds, and generally between zero to 55 seconds.
View of crane operator and then of an airplane sinking rapidly. Scene shifts to James F. Roth of U.S. Navy Attack Squadron 42,(VA-42) the "Green Pawns," in the closed cockpit of a Navy jet airplane. Next, an F-4 phantom jet is seen being catapulted from an aircraft carrier. Animation shows that the airplane falling into the sea right after takeoff will sink ballistically and can descend as deep as 100 feet in 10 seconds.
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