|Caption||US Navy TDN-1 drone test from the decks of the training carrier USS Sable while steaming in reverse in Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan, United States, 10 Aug 1943. This particular test was unsuccessful. Photo 3 of 4. ww2dbase|
|Source||ww2dbaseUnited States Navy|
|Photos in Series||See all photos in this series|
|Photos on Same Day||10 Aug 1943|
|Photos at Same Place||Lake Michigan, United States|
|Added By||David Stubblebine|
|Added Date||18 Aug 2017|
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|Licensing||Public Domain. According to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".|
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8 Jun 2017 12:58:38 PM
This photo has long been displayed by the US Navy and others reversed left-to-right from what is seen here but that orientation shows the star on the aircraftâ€™s wrong wing. In Aug 1943, the emblem was to be painted on the upper surfaces of an aircraftâ€™s port wing and both the Navy and Army were very faithful to these guidelines. Reversing the Navyâ€™s image to what is seen here would mean the aircraft was being launched over the stern while the Sable steamed in reverse, which is exactly what is happening in this image (see Comment to Photo 1 in this series). Also, a motion picture of this launch shows the same orientation as what is seen here (http://ww2db.com/video/27 beginning at 5:15). Why the aircraft was being launched over the stern is not clear.
Note the JRF amphibian in the upper right, possibly acting as the control aircraft in this test.