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Onto the Ramp

Seaplane hauled out of water by crew
Description: Painting, Watercolor; by Joseph Hirsch; C.1943; Framed Dimensions 37H X 49W
Accession #: 88-159-FK as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Caught by the tail like some dripping sea monster, a Navy PRY patrol bomber is hauled from the water up the seaplane ramp at the end of a mission. Beaching these big flying boats is a precision performance. Beaching crews must first wade out and attach wheel fittings under the hull to permit the plane to be rolled onto the ramp. A towing line is fitted to the tail, and up she comes under the tug of a snorting tractor.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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