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Title:EXPERIMENT OF LAUNCHING SEAPLANE BY CATAPULT METHOD : carried out with Fairey Seaplane N9 on HMS Slinger [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 1166
Summary: Catapult launching tests using seaplanes on board HMS Slinger.
Description: Various close-ups of catapult on HMS Slinger. Test baulk and a dummy aircraft (Short 184 fuselage) are launched from the moored vessel. Close-ups of the catapult drive and release mechanisms. Frontal close-up of Fairey F.127 in position on the catapult. Medium shot of a successful launching from Slinger whilst underway. Medium shot off the port quarter of Slinger while the seaplane circles the ship.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Engholm, F W (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, Slinger (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - STR: Slinger (object name)
aircraft, British naval - R and D: Fairey F127 (object name)
equipment, British naval air - propulsion: catapult (object name)
Thames (River Estuary), England, UK (geography)
Isle of Grain, Kent, England, UK (geography)
Tyne (River), England, UK (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 518 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: Summary: HMS Slinger was a steam hopper specially commissioned for experiments using a catapult system built by Messrs Armstrong. First tests were made in September, 1917, in the Tyne. Also shown are later trials conducted under Lieutenant-Colonel H R Busteed, from June, 1918, at the Isle of Grain Experimental Aircraft Depot. The Fairey F.127, Admiralty No 9, was a one-off development aircraft specially strengthened for the trials.
Technical: some of this material was used in the compilation THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FLEET AIR ARM, COI 302.