From: ak336@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (John Dill) Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA) Date: 12 Jan 95 01:56:04 Followups: 1
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Way back in 1960 my Navy patrol squadron made a bit of history: We were flying a P2V Neptune in the Sea of Japan on a long patrol and the crew was forced to shut down first one reciprocating engine, and then the other (R3350 Turbo-Compound). Using the under-wing jets (J34) the plane continued to fly until shortly before all fuel was exhausted and then made a controlled water landing. The P2V had empty fuel tanks (self sealing btw) and floated nicely, in fact, after the crew was picked up by a Grumman Albatross the Navy sent out a tug, towed the damn thing to port and the plane was refurbished and flew again! Thereafter our Squadron motto was: IN THE AIR, ON THE LAND, AND IN THE SEA! (VP-6, Barbers Point, Ha.) John -- "Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full!"