View Full Version : Recent AWM A4G (+ others) OPS Aboard HMAS Melbourne Early 1970s

29th Sep 2013, 08:07
You'll see A4G slow motion arrest and the operation of the strop catcher amongst many other RAN Aircraft Ops onboard HMAS Melbourne in this 'showreel' (of all the others below) compilation clip video:


Film Collection Online: Not a Common Carrier - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/embed/Vbeja2znfho)

Blog: Collection | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/blog/category/collection/)

Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2013/08/30/film...common-carrier/)

"Film Collection Online: Not a Common Carrier

Friday 30 August 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips!

Recent additions to the film available on line include material from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Public Relations unit. This compile of selected clips focuses on the former flagship of the RAN, HMAS Melbourne, and on carrier operations with the Navyís Fleet Air Arm from 1960 until 1980. Aircraft are shown being moved into position and taking off with the aid of the shipís steam catapult. However this system did not work faultlessly- as can be seen in the clip. Various shots of planeís landing show how it was possible to slow a planes momentum in a confined area. Views of the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne give an impression of the activities of the sailors and aviators who worked to keep the navyís aeroplanes flying. Planes seen include: Sea Venoms, Gannets, Skyhawks, Trackers and Wessex helicopters. The soundtrack comes from a number of Navy PR newsreels from the 1960s called "Navy in Focus". Sound effects are from Douglas A-4 Skyhawk - operational sounds (S04698) an actuality recording held in The Australian War Memorialís collection.

Please enjoy exploring, researching and, most importantly, viewing our collection.

Links to collection items used in this showreel - "

S04698 | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/S04698/) - A4G sounds only - does not appear to be any download?

A4 Skyhawk catapult take-offs and crash 8 November 1973 | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04986/) - Loss of A4G 889 due catapult failure - pilot OK

A4 Skyhawk catapult tests and arrests | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04987/) - A4Gs + S2Es Slow Motion Arrests & Catapults

Navy in Focus Edition 1 | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10721/) - Gannets/Venoms Ex.Sea Devil - RANC parade

Navy in Focus Edition 4 | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10724/) - RANC 1963 Junior Intake; Wessex + 725 Sqdn Training

Navy in Focus Edition 7 | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10727/) - A4Gs + S2Es 1968

Rockets on HMAS Melbourne | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10944/) - Rockets Loaded onto Gannets aboard HMAS Melbourne

HMAS Melbourne in Manila | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10945/) - Gannets/Venoms Q'deck MELBOURNE

HMAS Melbourne 10,000th launching | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10954/) - 10K Catapult Gannet/Venoms

HMAS Melbourne fly embarkation | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10955/) - Gannets/Venoms Arresting

HMAS Melbourne Tracker Skyhawk | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10956/) - A4Gs/S2Es Arrest - Side View A4G Arrest

HMAS Melbourne work up | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10964/) - 1969 S2E Workup MELBOURNE Cats/Arrests see the CCA [GCA] uncovered

HMAS Melbourne aerial approach | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10978/) - A sort of a pilot view from unknown aircraft {S2?} of a Carrier

HMAS Melbourne aerials | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10982/) - Aerial Views from Helo Over HMAS Melbourne - Iroquois seen on deck aft

SEATO exercise HMAS Melbourne | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10986/) - 1972 SEATO Ex. F-5s? FlyBy A4Gs arrest/cat

HMAS Melbourne exercises | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10995/) - Colour S2E Arrest only

Nullabor express Skyhawks arrive after flight | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11252/) - 1970 Pair A4Gs Nullarbor Express Nowra/Perth MELBOURNE arrest, CO VF-805 [884] LCDR Col Patterson + LEUT Ken Palmer [889]

Skyhawk demonstration on HMAS Melbourne | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11253/) - A4G Armament Demo MELBOURNE Rockets/Bombs Catapults

Skyhawks on HMAS Melbourne | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11268/) - Colour A4G Arrests Cats 1969 FDO LCDR Patterson (Catapult O) mid 1970-2 CO VF-805

The first Macchi trainer arrives at HMAS Albatross | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11297/) - The first Macchi trainer arrives at HMAS Albatross 06 Oct 1970

Trackers and Skyhawks commissioned | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11265/) - Trackers and Skyhawks commissioned 10 Jan 1968

Macchi crash | Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11298/) - Kavanagh & Clark RAN Macchi 869 Spin 28 April 1971 crash site