U.S. military transport aircraft operating from primitive airfield in the Aleutians during World War II
Aleutian Islands Date:1943 Duration:1 min 23 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. military personnel gather around the door of a Navy R4D (Navy DC-3) parked on marsden matting ramp at an airbase in the Aleutian Islands (possibly Adak) during World War 2. Camera shifts attention to U.S. Army P-47E aircraft parked near the runway. Tents are pitched nearby and mountains are in the background. The P-40s display the characteristic yellow propeller spinners of the 11th Pursuit Squadron, “Aleutian Tigers,” but do not display more elaborate tiger markings. Back at the R4D, one of the Navy crew is checking passenger names as they board the aircraft. Next, the R4D transport plane is seen starting number 1 engine (#2 is already running). It takes off raising considerable dust as it gains speed. Its identification number, 4-R-107 is visible below the cockpit. After takeoff, it flies past a nearby mountain and circles back and buzzes the field, flying over the runway at about a thousand feet, as it proceeds on its way
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