U.S. Navy Curtiss SOC Seagull and Vought OS2U kingfisher seaplanes on maneuvers with capital warships before World War II
Pacific Ocean Date:1941 Duration:2 min 8 sec Sound:Yes
During U.S. Navy maneuvers just prior to U.S. entry into World War 2, Curtiss SOC Seagull scout observation biplane aircraft are seen being catapulted from USS Boise (CL-47). The crew of USS Boise, in dress whites, watches from her stern as one of her Seagull planes lands in the "slick" behind the ship. Bow view of USS Tennessee (BB-43) followed by USS Portland (CA-33), both wearing MS-1 Camouflage, plowing though the sea. Vought OS2U kingfisher seaplanes are seen on USS Maryland (BB-46). A pilot signals "OK" and his Kingfisher plane is catapulted from USS Maryland. An officer and sailor signal with flags, as another Kingfisher is catapulted. A Kingfisher flies over several ships and then lands in the "slick" behind its battleship. The plane taxis along starboard side of the ship and then is hoisted aboard.
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