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Title:TRIALS OF THE SUPERMARINE 508 ON HMS EAGLE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1395
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Deck landing trials of the Supermarine 508 on HMS Eagle.
Description: LA as boat carries cameraman to HMS Eagle, closing from astern and then moving onto the carrier's starboard quarter. There follows a series of shots showing landings and free take offs by the Supermarine Type 508 prototype, VX 133.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 262 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: the Type 508 has its place in the protracted developmental history of the Scimitar F.1 interceptor and strike fighter. The butterfly-tailed 508 was one of several prototypes built to specification N.9/47. The original straight-winged model, VX 133, first flew on 31 August, 1951. The second, VX 136, was slightly modified to become the Type 529, but the third prototype, VX 138, had swept wings and a conventional tail assembly, and was designated the Type 525. Subsequently, a new specification N.113D, was drawn up, and it was not until January, 1956, that the successful Type 544 prototype was finally tested. The Scimitar F.1 did not enter service until June, 1958: 76 aircraft were finally delivered, serving in four first-line squadrons