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Summary: An RAF Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter aircraft taking off and landing on the deck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Argus, autumn 1918.
Description: There are two cameras filming the event, on either side of the flight deck and forward of midships - the cameramen can be seen at work on a number of occasions. The ship is steaming 15 knots and wind speed is 11 knots. The aircraft's propeller is turned over and it takes off for the first attempt (note the smoke pot near the bow giving wind direction). It comes in to land and is brought to a halt by arrester gear and a ramp. The same take-off and landing is then shown from the second camera's point of view. The mechanism of the plane's rotary engine can be seen very clearly. The aircraft's pilot is given as Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Bell-Davies VC, DSO, a former naval officer. The second take-off is a success but for the second landing the approach is too high, the aircraft overshoots and comes round again. The port camera shows the landing on the second attempt. After discussions between the pilot and the ship's officers the ship is slowed to 4 knots, with wind speed now 9 knots. The third take-off is perfect but again on landing the pilot overshoots at the first attempt and lands on the next time round with rather too high an airspeed, just stopping in time and bouncing badly. The same landing looks better as seen by the port camera.