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Old 28th Feb 2002, 19:45
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For what it is worth, I was a flight engineer on USCG PBY-5As and accumulated 1400 hours flying under the wing. In all that time, I never made a water landing or take off in the P-Boat. My only water work was in a US Navy PBM flying from NAS Corpus Christi, Texas to NAS Pensacola, Florida. During that flight one of the other passengers had to use the head. After completing his business he was required to dispose of the paper bag containing his “business”. He neglected to activate the air deflector and when he threw the bag overboard it exploded and his business and shreds of the paper bag came back into the plane and came to rest in and around the fuel system. When we landed he had to clean up the mess.

The only pictures I have of working on and flying in Amphibians (JRFs PBYs and UF-1Gs) are in my mind and that is fading fast.
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Old 6th Mar 2002, 03:16
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ORAC, yes but the Brits did the First non stop East West crossing, and the First double crossing of the Atlantic by air, with the R34 Airship !. .. .Left East Fortune (Scotland) 2 July 1919, landed Mineola, Long Island on 6th July. . .Flight time 108 hrs.. .Departed Long Island, 9 July (2354) arrived Pulham, Norfolk 13th July.. .Flight time 75hrs.
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