The United States Navy's latest jet seaplane bomber is undergoing tests at present in Chesapeake Bay, USA, and facilities were granted for seeing a new device for launching and beaching the aircraft.
The United States Navy's latest jet seaplane bomber is undergoing tests at present in Chesapeake Bay, USA, and facilities were granted for seeing a new device for launching and beaching the aircraft.Usually large seaplanes have attachable wheels for parking on permanent runways,whilst not in the water.Martins, the company that is developing the P 6M jet seaplane bomber,has built a special vehicle, that is attached to the plane by hydraulically operated pressure pads when it lands in the water ,and enables the pilot to drive his aircraft up a ramp onto to dry land.
When the plane enters the water for take off,the detachable undercarriage disengages and the aircraft is free to climb into the sky on a bombing or minelaying sortie.The P 6M is capable of carrying nuclear weapons and has a range of over 2000 miles.
Usually when a seaplane is brought ashore several tractors and a crew of half a dozen or more handlers is needed.With the P 6M the pilot controls the beaching operation,using this mobile tender,together with the power of the four jet engines on the plane.
US.Navy officials envision a wide disperement of small units of the P 6M both in the States and other parts of the world as part of the Western defence system.