【4K】US 2 父島での訓練 Part5
([4K] US 2 Training in Chichijima Part5)
The video is a little slow moving, but it is a big, expensive aircraft, so you want to be careful. Engine startup begins before the one minute mark. after that:
2:10 aircraft starts moving, but the motion is barely perceptible for about 15 seconds
2:50 nose wheel touches the water, using reverse thrust to slow their descent into the water.
3:25 aircraft is afloat
3:45 landing gear retracts
5:45 the aircraft has turned sideways and one of crew is waving, or maybe he's just wiping the window
7:05 break in recording, airplane has completed its turn into open water
7:35 break, aircraft continues taxiing across the harbor
8:24 break, spectators standing on the breakwater
8:32 break, wide shot of breakwater with aircraft in the distance
8:42 break, aircraft maneuvering, rock in foreground
9:42 break, aircraft begins takeoff run
Flying boats are the epitome of cool. They were the first aircraft to cross the oceans, reducing days to travel time to hours. Plus all the people who flew on them were cool. Of course they were cool, they were rich and could afford to buy fancy clothes that made them look cool. Plus Jimmy Buffett had one, and what could be more cool that island hopping in the Caribbean in your own private flying boat? I mean this is the stuff of a million fantasies.
Recorded on October 23 at Ogasawara Village, Chichijima Futami Port
The ramp is clearly visible on a satellite image:
|Chichijima Aircraft Ramp|
|Okinawa (center left), Chichijima (center), Iwo Jima (just below Chichijima)|
I think the US-2 was the largest operational flying boat for a while. It has recently been eclipsed by one from China, which might be operational.