Training film explains techniques for catapulting jet aircraft from U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.
United States USA Date:1951 Duration:3 min 17 sec Sound:Yes
Film illustrating proper technique for catapulting jet aircraft from U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Yellow shirt officer signals for catapult launch of a U.S. Navy F2H Banshee airplane, aboard an aircraft carrier. The aircraft is catapulted. Film recounts sequence of actions leading up to catapulting of a jet airplane from a carrier. A yellow shirt catapult officer guides the pilot as green shirt catapult gear crewmen adjust the bridle. Others secure the hold-back cable. View of hold-back cable and its slip catch with metal ring that breaks when the catapult is fired. A cover is installed to prevent parts of the ring from being flying loose and injuring someone or being ingested by a jet engine. View of an F2H being catapulted. Pilot given brakes off signal and catapult bridle is tensioned. Catapult officer coordinates with deck-edge crewman who monitoring catapult situation lights controlled by crew in catapult ready room below deck. When they signal "final ready," pilot applies full power and signals when at 100%. After final check, catapult officer on deck gives signal and the plane is launched. Views of jet aircraft being catapulted in pairs. Film illustrates procedures for handling "duds," when pilot signals a problem on the catapult. Pilot and deck officers hand signals are shown. Deck crewmen swarm over the aircraft and rapidly push it off and away from the catapult. Focus shifts safety regarding use of deck elevator. Views of more jets being catapulted at 35 second intervals.
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