A4 Skyhawk catapult take-offs and crash 8 November 1973

Accession Number F04986
Collection type Film
Title A4 Skyhawk catapult take-offs and crash 8 November 1973
Measurement 2 min 8 sec
Object types To be confirmed
Place made At sea
Date made 08 November 1973
Copyright Commonwealth of Australia copyright

The aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne at sea 8 November 1973. Shows Mcdonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawks Nos 872, 874 and 871 landing on carrier deck. Grumman S-2 Tracker No. 853 takes off from carrier. Skyhawk plunges into the sea during failed catapult take off. Pilot is rescued by Wessex helicopter No. 13 and brought aboard Melbourne.

  • Video of A4 Skyhawk catapult take-offs and crash 8 November 1973 (video)

Related information