Kingfisher & Catapult Rig by Buffalo1 ()
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Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see the last "Kingfisher" and especially all the comments. I wish there was one still flying so I could get a take-off shot, but I guess the History Channel is the only place to see it happen.It seems that some of you might be interested in the whole catapult rig, so here it is including the crain and the quad 40 mm guns are an added bonus. And to answer an e-mail question on the Kingfisher's OS2U designation: O (Observation) S (Scout) 2 (second model) U (Navy letter for Vought aircraft).
Image Comments (7)
tracker234 () 8:37AM | Fri, 31 March 2006
Great shot! Talk about being shot out of a cannon. A blank artillery shell was used to propel the plane down that rail and launch it into the air. Then you had to land next to the ship moving at speed, and hook onto a net that was being towed. Once caught, the crane was attached and the whole plane was hoisted up onto the ship. A daunting task to say the least! My hat is off the folks that did it for a living. Thanks for photo of all the parts together.
claudialee () 9:09AM | Fri, 31 March 2006
Excellent Photo! Thank you for giving us the whole picture. My husband was in the Air Force and would have loved these pictures. Thanks again!! With Hugs!!!!!!!
jcv2 () 12:13PM | Fri, 31 March 2006
Wow, another stunning shot of this remarakbly catapultable plane! Gorgeous work! :)
Buffalo1 () 5:08PM | Fri, 31 March 2006
Thanks to tracker234 for the full explanation of launch and retrieval of US Navy floatplanes. I've also seen video of retrieval of the old Curtiss "Seagull" biplane. That type also served on cruisers untill the end of 1944!