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Crash Landing

Students in a trainer practice crash landing in a pool
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Don Freeman; C. 1943; Framed Dimensions 31H X 37W
Accession #: 88-159-EE as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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How to crash at sea may seem a little grim as a course of instruction, but the Navy prepares its aviation cadets for every eventuality. Possibly the first thing a cadet learns is that water is hard when he hits it. Simulated "dunkings" are undertaken in a mock-up cockpit, in which the cadet learns about impact, scrambling loose while under water and weighed down with a parachute, and freeing himself while submerged upside-down. He learns that a fighting plane may sink in a matter of seconds and that he must act quickly, without panic.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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