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Scimitar after an iffy landing, HMS Hermes 1962

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They used to leak about as much fuel as they used.[=P]
As a lad, I lived about a quarter of a mile from one end of the Vickers Armstrong airfield outside Swindon and there were often Scimitars, among many others, taking off and landing. We used to lay on the crash bank with peashooters, trying to hit them, they were always pretty low there. I seriously doubt we ever managed to hit one as the breath of a Scimitar was far greater than ours. Fulfilled boyhood fantasies though.
 

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What happened, did it go over or was it saved?
 

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The usual routine, if the aircraft had announced some problem on joining circuit for landing, was to hold it until all others had landed, even to the extent of refueling if necessary. If it was just one of those nasty things that can happen during launch or landing ops and there were several aircraft low on fuel in circuit, Big Bertha was used to clear the deck ASAP, even to the extent of dropping the offending airframe over the side.
 

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