805 Squadron Navy flyers ABC TDT

Accession Number F00433
Collection type Film
Measurement 8 min 28 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/colour (Ektachrome)/sound
Maker Australian Broadcasting Commission
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Nowra
Date made c 1975
Conflict Period 1970-1979

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Item on RAN Fleet Arm Arm's 805 Squadron from the ABC current affairs program This Day Tonight (TDT). 805 Squadron flew the McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk fighter bomber. The Skyhawk pilots are interviewed on camera about carrier operations and accidents. Also briefly gives a history of 805 Squadron showing footage of Sea Fury and Sea Venom aircraft. Aerials of Skyhawks and landing at HMAS Albatross and on the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. Pilots interviewed talk about the dangers and the adrenalin rush of landing a jet aircraft on a carrier at sea. Commodore Andrew Robertson defends the Skyhawk's record of 4 crashes with 2 pilots killed in 8 years of service. He also briefly details the training schedule a pilot has to undergo before he is ready for carrier operations. Narrator states that Skyhawk's accident rate is 7 per 10,000 hours compared with 50 per 10,000 hours for the Sea Fury and 18 per 10,000 for the Sea Venom.