Just for you...the Banana jet was a truly amazing machine. This was a 12 jet launch.
I remember the days when 766 Squadron Sea Vixens would do a stream take off of all serviceable aircraft 35-40 cabs (as we called them, not kites) at a time. Noise. Whassat?
A couple of Phantom pics the first, SRT101 135 mm Tamron on Kodachrome II, a roller landing, no hook down
the second a bolter, on SRT101 135 mm Tamron on Agfa CT-18. But hook now up.
The observant may see a small lighter patch at the rear bottom of starboard undercarriage door. This is a stainless steel repair patch. We were having so many heavy landings with burst tyres. Plenty of shrapnel flying through the air from bits of steel ply tyre, 450 psi each, door and leg undercarriage hydraulic and pneumatic lines. Rectifying all this was almost as common a task as engine changes in those early days aboard Ark. We ran out of replacement doors and had to resort to patching the wrecks, if there was much left that is else another duff budgie would be robbed.
Those night shots were using an SRT101 Rokkor 28 mm f3.5 on Kodachrome II
I will find some Bucc' pictures, honest.
Shush. Is this not a little OT by now?
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