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Manga on the World’s Most Capable Seaplane

13 September 2022

US-2: Story of Search And Rescue Flying Boat Development drawn and written by Fuji Tsukishima

This is a manga, the Japanese art form similar to a graphic novel though with a certain dramatic as well as personal presentation. It is the story of a rescue by the crew of a ShinMaywa US-2 which is a remarkable STOL amphibian seaplane. Its ancestor is the Grumman Albatross though the US-2 has much more power and more advanced aeronautical features. It is incredibly capable and can operate in seas as high as nine feet which is unbelievable for a seaplane.

This link will take you to the manga and remember that this is in the Japanese language so page turning is from right to left. Advance by mousing over to the end of the left page and clicking. Similarly, going back is done by mousing over to the end of the right page and clicking.

Enjoy, the artwork is brilliant and so is the research.

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