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ShinMaywa US-2—full sized seaplane of this day

17 November 2016

 

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force executes the first training flights for calendar year 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 7, 2014. The flights included a water rescue mission where divers saved a simulated drowning man.

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ShinMaywa US-2 in flight—USMC image

After the end of WW II Japan’s famous aircraft manufacturer of flying boats, Kawanishi, evolved first into Shin Meiwa and then into Shin Maywa.  Kawanishi designed and built the H6K 九七式大型飛行艇 “Mavis” and the H8K 二式大型飛行艇 “Emily” with the Emily being one of the best flying boats during WW II. As Shin Meiwa, the Grumman Albatross design was improved into the US-1 and US-1A (amphibian version). The US-1 design was powered by four engines with a fifth engine on board to power a boundary layer control system which forces air over the  flaps and elevators to generate more lift by reducing turbulence at low airspeeds—making the aircraft an STOL performer. The US-1 was later improved into the US-2. These aircraft serve in patrol and air/sea rescue work for an island country that has significant maritime interests. A US-1A is on exhibit at the Kanoya Air Base History Museum* 当鹿屋航空基地史料館.

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force executes the first training flights for calendar year 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 7, 2014. The flights included a water rescue mission where divers saved a simulated drowning man.

A pair of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ShinMaywa US-2 amphibians on the water in Japan—USMC image

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force executes the first training flights for calendar year 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 7, 2014. The flights included a water rescue mission where divers saved a simulated drowning man.

A brace of US-2 amphibians of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force moving along the waters of Japan—USMC image

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A ShinMaywa US-2 on final—USMC image

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force executes the first training flights for calendar year 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 7, 2014. The flights included a water rescue mission where divers saved a simulated drowning man.

A ShinMaywa US-2 taking off—USMC image

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Another view of a JMSDF US-2 departing for a mission—USMC image

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The US-2’s four primary turboprop engines plus blown flaps powered by a fifth engine(turbojet) leave an enormous amount of spray during water take offs—USMC image

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JMSDF US-2 on approach—USMC image

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JMSDF US-2 meets the water—USMC image

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JMSDF US-2 taxis up the ramp—USMC image

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How personnel can enter or exit the US-2 while afloat—USMC image

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Bringing aboard a simulated casualty using a slide and harnesses—USMC image

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A JMSDF ShinMaywa US-2 awaiting another mission over the waters of Japan—USMC image

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Giles permalink
    17 November 2016 15:28

    This seaplane certainly has the profile of the Navy PMN-2 Martin Marlin… other than the four engines I would identify it as a Marlin sitting on the water.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 November 2016 01:52

      I see the semblance as well.

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