• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABYLDGKJV5QLZFSIQ6X2LROIM7
    Media URN:
    VLVABYLDGKJV5QLZFSIQ6X2LROIM7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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