Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: South hangar panorama, including Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher seaplane, B-29 Enola Gay

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: South hangar panorama, including Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher seaplane, B-29 Enola Gay

  1. 1. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: South hangar panorama,including Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher seaplane, B-29 EnolaGay Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | VoughtOS2U-3 Kingfisher:The Kingfisher was the U.S. Navy’s primary ship-based, scout and observation aircraft duringWorld War II. Revolutionary spot welding techniques gave it a smooth, non-buckling fuselagestructure. Deflector plate flaps that hung from the wing’s trailing edge and spoiler-augmentedailerons functioned like extra flaps to allow slower landing speeds. Most OS2Us operated in thePacific, where they rescued many downed airmen, including World War I ace EddieRickenbacker and the crew of his B-17 Flying Fortress.In March 1942, this airplane was assigned to the battleship USS Indiana. It later underwent asix-month overhaul in California, returned to Pearl Harbor, and rejoined the Indiana in March1944. Lt. j.g. Rollin M. Batten Jr. was awarded the Navy Cross for making a daring rescue in thisairplane under heavy enemy fire on July 4, 1944.Transferred from the United States Navy.Manufacturer:Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft DivisionDate:1937 1/3
  2. 2. Country of Origin:United States of AmericaDimensions:Overall: 15ft 1 1/8in. x 33ft 9 1/2in., 4122.6lb., 36ft 1 1/16in. (460 x 1030cm, 1870kg, 1100cm)Materials:Wings covered with fabric aft of the main sparPhysical Description:Two-seat monoplane, deflector plate flaps hung from the trailing edge of the wing, aileronsdrooped at low airspeeds to function like extra flaps, spoilers.•••••Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay":Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World WarII and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Although designed tofight in the European theater, the B-29 found its niche on the other side of the globe. In thePacific, B-29s delivered a variety of aerial weapons: conventional bombs, incendiary bombs,mines, and two nuclear weapons.On August 6, 1945, this Martin-built B-29-45-MO dropped the first atomic weapon used incombat on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, Bockscar (on display at the U.S. Air ForceMuseum near Dayton, Ohio) dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Enola Gayflew as the advance weather reconnaissance aircraft that day. A third B-29, The Great Artiste,flew as an observation aircraft on both missions.Transferred from the United States Air Force.Manufacturer:Boeing Aircraft Co.Martin Co., Omaha, Nebr.Date:1945Country of Origin:United States of AmericaDimensions:Overall: 900 x 3020cm, 32580kg, 4300cm (29ft 6 5/16in. x 99ft 1in., 71825.9lb., 141ft 15/16in.)Materials:Polished overall aluminum finish 2/3
  3. 3. Physical Description: Four-engine heavy bomber with semi-monoqoque fuselage and high-aspect ratio wings. Polished aluminum finish overall, standard late-World War II Army Air Forces insignia on wings and aft fuselage and serial number on vertical fin; 509th Composite Group markings painted in black; "Enola Gay" in black, block letters on lower left nose. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on FriendFeed Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut Share on Posterous share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Buzz it up Subscribe to the comments on this post 3/3Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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