Deck crews aboard a U.S. Aircraft Carrier handle aircraft and prepare them for catapulting.
United States USA Date:1951 Duration:4 min 6 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell F2H Banshee jet airplane being guided by a Yellow shirt. Scene shifts to animated diagrams interspersed with actual pictures. They show narrower tires used on jets giving lower braking friction and less lateral stability. One is shown in sketch, being blown over by jet blast. Sketch illustrates jet intake suction and reward blast. Deck crewman removing loose tools from pockets and fastening chin strap and goggles on his helmet, to avoid loose items being sucked up or blown about on deck and protect himself from jet blast. A Marine Corps Captain, pilot, climbs aboard his F2H airplane and deck crewman moves out of line of fire from plane's weapons. Next, a Navy F2H of Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12), Carrier Wing One (Tail code "T") is seen being readied to depart. Deck crew has already pulled the duct covers and pilot is in the cockpit. A 3-wheeled starting "jeep" containing an auxiliary power unit provides power for engine start and then pulls away. Fire fighter standing by in protective gear is seen. Deck crew pull chocks and aircraft taxis guided by yellow shirt who gives signals to spread wings and lower flaps. Yellow shirts guide jets to catapults for takeoff. Yellow shirt Plane Director uses various hand signals to guide pilot. Deck crew scramble underneath the aircraft an set it on the catapult.
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