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.
A naval fighter aircraft operated by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm from 1958 until 1969. It was a large single-seat, twin-engined naval carrier-borne interceptor fighter and strike aircraft. The first operational squadron (No 803) was formed in the summer of 1958 and embarked on HMS Victorious in the following September.
Overall the Scimitar suffered from a high loss rate; 39 were lost in a number of accidents, amounting to 51% of the Scimitar’s total production run