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Vought-Sikorsky OS2U Kingfisher
Technical Information

The Kingfisher was the first catapult-launched monoplane observation aircraft operated by the U. S. Navy (USN). It came in both float and land-based configurations. Used as an bserver aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft and rescue aircraft.

The most famous incident involving a Kingfisher was the rescue of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, who was a passenger aboard B-17D Flying Fortress 40-3089 that ditched October 21, 1942. An OS2U Kingfisher picked up Rickenbacker and two other crew members (who still remained following a rescue the previous day) but the Kingfisher could not take off because the load was too great. The OS2U pilot taxied on the surface over 40 miles to make the nearest island with everyone aboard!

Technical Details
Crew  Two (Pilot, Observer)
Engine  Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-2 or -8, 450 horsepower
Span  35' 11"
Length  33' 10"
Height  15' 1"
Maximum Speed  164 mph
Range  805 miles
Armament  (nose) 30 caliber machine gun (rear) 30 caliber machine gun
Bombload  2 x 100 lbs bombs or 325 lb depth charges

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