Positioning a Supermarine Scimitar into its takeoff attitude, the catapult grab tensions the bridle and holdback, raising the aircrafts nose. From here the pilot gets the cockpit check, runs up the aircrafts engines and the catapult is fired.
Fleet Air Arm Sea Hawks operating from HMS Centaur circa 1959, as the type were being phased out and succeeded by the Supermarine Scimitar and de Havilland Sea Vixen then entering service. Sourced from Flickr.
Probably not something we’ll see a carrier do again: HMS Ark Royal (RO9) launches a Supermarine Scimitar while at anchor in Grand Harbour, Malta, 1961. A Fairey Gannet is also visible readying for launch on the starboard catapult.
HMS Hermes on operations off Malaya in the early 1960s; a Sea Vixen FAW.1 of 890 Naval Air Squadron prepares for take off. In the foreground is Supermarine Scimitar F.1 XD326 of 804 Naval Air Squadron.