Ancient Brit. Digressing off the thread, would Your knowledge of Aircraft stretch to the Movie "Murphy's War". I watched the other day Starring Peter O'Toole. about Him being the only survivor of a British ship torpedoed off venezuela during WW2. He being the only survivor apart from the pilot of the aircraft that was launched from the ship prior to it's sinking. I would think it was an American Floatplane the fuselage and float was all one constuction, it was also a Bi-plane. Any thoughts?.
"When he discovers the U-Boat is hiding further up river, under the cover of the jungle, he sets about obsessively plotting his revenge to sink it by any means, including using the Grumman J2F Duck (a floatplane) from the Mount Kyle. The floatplane had been recovered, the wounded pilot later being shot dead in his hospital bed by the U-boat captain, in order to preserve the secret of its location and, presumably, its action in shooting survivors in the water."
Thanks for that Lads. It certainly looks an ungainly aircraft. Whether or not Peter O'Toole flew it I'm not so sure but He must have taxied it out onto the water. He never looked sober did he. But an entertaining movie all the same.
Cheers Bob, an interesting aircraft indeed. Going back to movie I was amazed to see whilst trying to take off in strong wind the amount of water that went into the engine but I also noticed the engine casing was removed?.
One tends to forget that when a radial engined aircraft is flying through heavy rain, an incredible amount of water hits the engine, fortunately they are constructed so that all the parts sensative to water are sealed. So water going thru the engine of any sea-plane on take-off or landing is no big deal. However when operating from salt water the engine is hosed down thoroughly with fresh water after each flight.