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Title:HAWKER P.1127 PERFORMS THE FIRST V/STOL OPERATIONS FROM AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER AT SEA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 3304
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Trials with a Hawker P.1127 on HMS Ark Royal in Lyme Bay.
Description: The prototype P.1127 XP 831 executes a series of short take offs and vertical landings, watched by crowds of spectators on Ark Royal's bridge superstructure. The planeguard is a Westland Whirlwind.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm; 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 195 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Technical: Reel One is 35mm and Reel Two is 16mm. Reel Two is very stained and scratched
Summary: these trials lasted five days in early February, 1963. Neither of the two test pilots, A W Bedford and Hugh Merewether, had any previous deck landing experience, but found that the ready height reference provided by the carrier's island superstructure made carrier operation relatively simple. At no time was it necessary to use more than one-third of the Ark Royal's deck space. The trials showed that the V/STOL concept was readily adaptable to the conditions of naval aviation. XP 831 is preserved at the RAF Museum, Hendon