Date: October 7, 1948
Creator: Fisher, Lloyd J & Hoffman, Edward L
Description: Given here are results of tests made in calm water at various landing attitudes, speeds, and simulated conditions of damage. It was concluded that the best ditching could be made by contacting the water as near the stall angle as possible without losing adequate control. The landing flaps should be full down. If the paratainer hatch and aft-cargo doors fail as expected in a ditching, there will be a large inrush of water into the cargo compartment which makes this location a very hazardous ditching station. The airplane will settle in the water rapidly to the level of the wings with only gradual changes in attitude. The maximum longitudinal deceleration will be between 1.2g and 1.7g in a calm-water ditching.
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