Gannet XA334

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Aircraft History:

Type:   AS1
Side Numbers:  308/Y, 313/Y, 832/Y, 860/M
Delivery in Australia:   08May56
Details:  Damaged during barrier landing on HMAS Melbourne in June 1967. Single engine failure on catapult launch. The pilot declared an emergency and obtained permission to fire off the 8 rockets on the wings. The flaps were still in take off configuration and the rocket blast blew off both outboard flaps and severely damaged the remaining flaps. This caused a higher than normal landing speed, arrestor hook failed to pick up a wire and aircraft crashed into safety barrier. Not economically repairable Withdrawn from service. Aircraft is on display Camden Aviation Museum, NSW.


 

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Fairey Gannet AS1/4 onboard HMAS Melbourne (II) Carrier-borne anti-submarine aircraft

Fairey Gannet AS1/4 onboard HMAS Melbourne (II)
Carrier-borne anti-submarine aircraft

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Above (click on images to expand). Following a single engine failure on launch,  Gannet XA334 lost part of its flaps when the pilot expended his rocket ordnance prior to landing.  With a higher than normal approach speed the hook failed to engage the arrestor cables and the aircraft struck the barrier which had been rigged as a precaution.   Below.  Although the damage appears superficial the aircraft was assessed as beyond economical repair and was withdrawn from service. 

Fairey Gannet AS1/4 onboard HMAS Melbourne (II) Carrier-borne anti-submarine aircraft

Fairey Gannet AS1/4 onboard HMAS Melbourne (II)
Carrier-borne anti-submarine aircraft