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La Segunda Guerra Mundial • Vought OS2U Kingfisher [Hidroavion de Recocimiento]

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Three Kingfishers aboard "New York" while anchored at Casco Bay, Maine, on 16 June

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La Segunda Guerra Mundial • Vought OS2U Kingfisher [Hidroavion de Recocimiento]

La Segunda Guerra Mundial • Vought OS2U Kingfisher [Hidroavion de Recocimiento]

Vought OS2U Kingfisher, shipboard observation floatplane, 1938. . .

Vought OS2U Kingfisher, shipboard observation floatplane, 1938. . .

Overhead view of an OS2U Kingfisher making a water landing at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida ca.1943

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“Overhead view of an Kingfisher making a water landing at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida

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Naval Air Transport Service. Tarawa Atoll, 1944. Photographer: Peter Stackpole

Mariner in full colors during the daily routine of Flying Boat operations.

The number 2 OS2U Kingfisher launches from cruiser USS ASTORIA's port catapult, July 1944. These planes ferried officers and carried mail to and from the island of Trinidad. -photo taken by and courtesy of Herman Schnipper

The number 2 Kingfisher launches from cruiser USS ASTORIA's port catapult, July These planes ferried officers and carried mail to and from the island of Trinidad. -photo taken by and courtesy of Herman Schnipper

VOUGHT OS2U KINGFISHER WRG#: 002251

“An Kingfisher on the catapult of the heavy cruiser Canberra (National Museum of Naval Aviation:

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher was an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact mid-wing monoplane, with a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest, because of its light engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled, taildragger landing gear.    The OS2U was the main shipboard observation aircraft used by the United States Navy during World War II, and 1,519 of the aircraft were built.

The Vought Kingfisher was an American catapult-launched observation…

Carrier Raids on Truk, 17-18 February 1944: Vought OS2U-3 "Kingfisher" is recovered USS Baltimore (CA-68) after she had rescued Lit JG, George M. Blair from Truk Lagoon, 18 February 1944. Plane's pilot is Lt JG Denver F. Baxter. His radioman, ARMC Reuben F. Hickman, is on the wing, preparing to attach the plane so it can be hoisted on board.Blair's F6F "Hellcat", of Fighting Squadron Nine from USS Essex (CV-9), had been shot down during the dawn fighter sweep over Truk.

Kingfisher recovered by Baltimore after the aircraft rescued downed pilot Lt. George Blair, off Truk, 18 Feb 1944

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