RON DUPAS COLLECTION
No. 822. Vought-Sikorsky VS-310 OS2U-3 Kingfisher (5725) US Navy
Postcard

Vought-Sikorsky VS-310 OS2U-3 Kingfisher

Text on back: "Battleship USS Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA. The OS2U Kingfisher seaplane is the only assembled one on display in the USA. During WW II three of these planes were assigned to the Alabama for scouting and observation missions. This plane, a gift from the Mexican Navy, was restored by Brookley AFB mechanics during their off-duty hours."

Remarks by Stanley Outlaw: "NOTE: Although it may have been true at the time this postcard was published that this example was the only assembled one on display in the USA, there are now at least two additional restored Kingfishers: one at the National Air & Space Museum, and one on the rear deck of the battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA which may have been restored from a wreck in Alaska, USA."

Remarks by Carlo Soliani: "The Vought Kingfisher depicted in this photograph is not fully original, because it has been restored with underwing floats taken from another aircraft (probably a Grumman HU-16 Albatross). They are considerably bigger than the original ones (see photograph No. 740 of the all-original Kingfisher of NASM's Garber Restoration Facility for comparison)."