The task was by no means straightforward, and many problems —largely of a civil engineering nature—had to be overcome before the runway could be built. The site chosen, on a great lava plain, is a pilot's and a controller's dream: Visibility rarely falls below this obstruction-distance in the clear air of the plains, and it may have been possible to see the summit of Mount Meru in Northern Tanganyika, about miles away; both Kilimanjaro n.
F-9F-8T Cougars Did we miss any? Did they just hand out an aircraft contract Boeing scrambles to repair problems with everybody or what? Is it any wonder that the Navy was "running out of money" by the end of the s after an orgy of aircraft carrier-dedicated aircraft spending?
The following anecdote suggests Pirie had "help" in the murder of the Navy's seaplanes.
Parker aka bobnutes1 aol. Ralph Hendrix kemo chief engine mechanic. The mine bay was capable of carrying 10 each lb mines or being equipped as an air-to-air refueling tanker with drogue chute and tanker hose with bladder tanks.
I was present when Admiral Hyman Rickover came to witness the second flight of ship 4 the first week in August The test pilot in charge was C.
Corb Johnson, a huge careful man. The oxygen regulator was not to his liking and the flight was scrubbed with the admiral sitting in his caddy limo. A few weeks later, the program was cancelled in favor of the nuclear sub and nuclear missile programs headed by Rickover.
Ship 9 had just arrived on Strawberry Point. Ships were still under assembly at main plant. The beaching vehicle was a problem along with the foul weather during the winter months. The sight of the airplane with the chase plane, a RB over the Strawberry Facility was a joyful sight.
Hats off for the men and women who assembled and flew this great aircraft. Thanks for handicapping our Navy. Jimmy Doolittle versus Glenn Martin: People cause wars and they live on land. To get political effect, warfare must affect people on land.
One of the tragedies of WW2 is that we walked away from it learning the wrong lessons in a case of who-gets-the-land-attack-licks-in-first, being remembered and emulated in our current un-balanced and dangerously unready naval force structure.
If a weapon system does not achieve political effects it will not be rewarded by the tax payers with a continued existence regardless of how important or vital the roles it performs at sea where no one sees them doing these heroic deeds nor gives a damn. When a nation-state is attacked it wants BLOOD not operational art that provides leverage to end a war with the least amount of blood being shed.
Land Attack LA provides the "red meat" the public wants in a "feeding frenzy" of revenge. Before WW2, the Navy had realized it needed long-range, large seaplanes and refuel tender ships to range out ahead of its fleet much farther than any land-based planes could reach and certainly any wheel landing gear small airplanes from a carrier could reach.
At a critical juncture the twin-engined PBY Catalina seaplane was put into mass-production and it gave us the critical edge in both the Atlantic and the Pacific at finding enemy submarines and surface ships first and then enabling naval commanders to "shape" the sea battlefield so we ganged up combined all elements into a stronger whole than the enemy could defeat individually; cargo ship escort aircraft carriers by the dozens with hundreds of short-range planes, long-range LTA blimps and land-based patrol planes, small seaplanes from smaller ships etc.
However, Martin was already thinking of projecting LA power by large seaplanes in two ways; by firepower using them as long-range bombers to smash land targets and for maneuver delivering ground troops to defeat land armies, hold key terrain and eventually topple the enemy nation-state government.
To do firepower LA from a seaplane across oceans, you first need range and enough speed to survive enemy land-based fighter interception. Being able to land on the water in the ocean to refuel from surface or submarine tenders was and still is a HUGE advantage, but the fuselage boat shape is not and hurts aerodynamically with speed reducing drag.
When Martin designed his supersized Mars "Sky Battleship" seaplane with 4 engines to carry enough fuel, he got the range but not the speed to do LA bombing at least during the daylight hours; the plane flies today as a forest fire water bomber at mph.So if you think this is just theoretical, theorize again with FACTS.
The facts are the Japanese actually DID use two fast Emily 4-engined seaplanes to bomb Pearl Harbor after their first raid. They used uninhabited island lagoons west of Pearl to get smooth water to land on and refuel from submarines.
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