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The incredible catapult sea planes
The exploits of a fearless test pilot who risked his life doing 'experimental catapult flying' can be revealed after his medals emerged for sale for £3,000.
Commander Ian 'Izzy' Grant sat in the cockpit of seaplanes propelled by wires off the limited space available on aircraft carrier flight decks.
To add another element of danger, these daring launching tests were carried out in hazardous conditions as waves reached 15ft high.
The aircraft he trialled in the lead up to World War Two included the Supermarine Walrus, which was used for crucial reconnaissance missions during the conflict.