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     KingFisher over Alabama

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18" X 24" X 5/8", stretched canvas, oil, $200, includes shipping in USA & Canada

The painting is entitled Kingfisher over Alabama. Flying from battleships, heavy cruisers and land bases during World War II, the Vought Sikorsky OS2U Kingfisher served throughout the Pacific in a variety of roles, from naval gunfire spotting, to observation, sub hunting and rescueIn March 1937, the Navy ordered a prototype XOS2U-1, powered by a 450 horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-985-4 engine, its first flight taking place on 20 July 1937.The OS2U-3 differed from previous models in that it had extra fuel tanks in the wings and armor protection for the pilot and observer. Starting in 1941, Vought delivered 1,006 OS2U-3 before production ended in 1942. Launched by ship's catapult, the aircraft were recovered using a sea sled towed just below the surface and played out in waters smoothed by the ship's wake such as the USS Alabama below the aircraft in this painting. The aircraft would land in the wake, taxi to the sled and engage it with a small hook on the bottom of the float before being craned aboard.

Dimensions: 
Length: 33 ft., 10 in.
Height: 15 ft., 1 in.
Wingspan: 35 ft., 10 in.
Wing Area: 262 sq. ft.
Performance: 
Max Speed: 164 mph at 5,500 ft.
Cruise Speed: 119 mph at 5,000 ft.
Climb Rate: 5,000 ft. in 12 min.
Ceiling: 13,000 ft.
Range: 805 miles
 
USS ALABAMA was the fourth and final SOUTH DAKOTA - class Battleship and the third ship in the Navy named after the state. Decommissioned after 4 1/2 years of service, the ALABAMA spent the next years at the Bremerton Group, United States Pacific Reserve Fleet, at Bremerton, Wash, until stricken from the Navy list on June 1, 1962. On June 16, 1964, the ALABAMA was donated to the "USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission" and was subsequently towed to her permanent berth at Mobile, Ala., arriving in Mobile Bay on 14 September 1964. There, she serves as a museum.
 
General Characteristics: Keel laid: February 1, 1940
Launched: February 16, 1942
Commissioned: August 16, 1942
Decommissioned: January 9, 1947
Builder: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va.
Propulsion system: boilers, four Westinghouse geared turbines
Propellers: four
Length: 680.8 feet (207.5 meters)
Beam: 108 feet (32.9 meters)
Draft: 36 feet (11 meters)
Displacement: Light: approx. 38,000 tons
 Full: approx. 44,374 tons
Speed: 28 knots
Aircraft: three planes
Catapults: two
Crew: 2354 (War), 1793 (Peace)
Last armament: Nine 16-inch / 45 caliber guns; twenty 5-inch / 38 caliber guns; twenty-four 40 mm guns and twenty-two 20 mm guns
The above is accompanied by the song "Kingfish" by Lionel Hampton.
 

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