By Tommy H. Thomason

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Way It Was

The bridle is already positioned on the catapult shuttle and two green shirts are waiting for the F2H to taxi forward into position for hookup. The catapult hooks are located on each side of the fuselage just aft of the engine inlets at the juncture of the fuselage and engine nacelle. The two green shirts lying on the deck have the holdback pendant. The Banshee taxis over them to be in position for the hookup on the aft fuselage. After the green shirts connect the bridle and holdback to the aircraft, they will stay there until the shuttle is tensioned to insure that the whole lash up stays in position, as shown here on an A3J-1.

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