McDonnell Douglas F-4K Phantom XT865 on the catapult on board the Royal Navy aircraft carrier Eagle (1946) in the English Channel

On board the Royal Navy aircraft carrier Eagle (1946) while under way in the English Channel during landing and take-off trials of the McDonnell Douglas F-4K Phantom aircraft using the two aircraft XT857 and XT865. The photographer is on the port side of the island looking to port and slightly aft showing the Phantom XT865 on the port catapult being prepared for launching. The flight deck crew are connecting the catapult strop. The first ever landing of this type of aircraft on a British aircraft carrier was by XT865 on 2 June 1969 at the start of ten days of trials.

Object Details

ID: PM7887/31
Type: Roll film negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wettern, Desmond Robert French
Vessels: Eagle (1946)
Date made: 2-13 June 1969
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Wettern Collection
Measurements: Film length: 35 mm x 152 mm;Frame: 35 mm x 38 mm

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