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4kdave

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For you flyboys...PBY

http://www.nxtbook.com/fx/media/ooyala/index.php?w=640&h=360&embedCode=l5cnRrbjoBGoU3i9mNk2WnlSwfvifrlA#ooid=l5cnRrbjoBGoU3i9mNk2WnlSwfvifrlA
 

Colonialgirl

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Ford Island in Pearl Harbor was the Navy's PBY base there.
If you look at an Aerial photo of the Island, You'll notice a big wide concrete ramp leading down into the Harbor.
 

45Colt_Man

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Last time I was around one was in 1968 when I went to A&P school in Moses Lake, Washington. I always thought they were a cool looking airplane. Never saw one flying though.

Dana
 
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Thanks. Brings back memories. As a Civil Air Patrol Cadet in the early '50s I flew in one that was assigned at the US Naval Experimental Station near Annapolis. Unique experience. On take off and landing, from the Severn River, it sounded like the entire bottom was being torn off. Once in the air it was like we were like riding in a Cadillac.
 

tinman

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For any of y'all that may be from the Fort Worth area here is a bit of history that not many have heard:
Make sure to click on the "See More" button, where the initial text ends, to see the entire explanation of this event along with some very interesting comments.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590166657682134&set=a.162532927112178.34097.105810232784448&type=1&theater
 

Jeepnik

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Mid 70's I was stationed at Torejon AFB in Spain. The Spanish Air Force had several PBY's converted as water dropping planes. They were a friendly bunch and were more than willing to take folks for rides.

Two observations. First, it takes a long, long, long time for them to get airborne with a load of water. Second, those pilots were damned good. After getting off the water they had to make a climbing turn to the right. Any other direction and they'd hit a mountain. And, they didn't clear the cliff face by much even then.
 

737tdi

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Great video, love the PBY and he was right about Strawberry 5, that one little event probably prevented the pacific war from lasting years longer or ending much differently.


Karl
 
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tinman said:
For any of y'all that may be from the Fort Worth area here is a bit of history that not many have heard:
Make sure to click on the "See More" button, where the initial text ends, to see the entire explanation of this event along with some very interesting comments.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590166657682134&set=a.162532927112178.34097.105810232784448&type=1&theater
One of the comments under this story was that it was a PBY that found the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. Interesting to me since I had just finished reading "Abandon Ship" abaout the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Actually 2 PBY's on patrol found them. Both landed in 12 foot swells. One damaged on landing too bad to fly, but was able to give a safe haven to swimmers in the water. The other took injured on board and was able to take off. Damn fine aircraft, and pilots. IMO
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