A SeaMaster churning sea into spray during take-off.
Taken during the 85min first flight of the second XP6M-1 with George Rodney as pilot.
The sequence of photos, taken at Baltimore, show, top, the beaching vehicle floating in readiness as a SeaMaster prepares to engage it. Second, the pressure pads grip the seaplane's hull as it heads for the ramp ...
The first prototype XP6M-1 Sea-Master during its maiden flight on July 14, 1955 over Chesapeake Bay.
Two production SeaMasters.
The second prototype SeaMaster photographed during its first flight on May 18, 1958. It is painted in the then new Navy grey and white paint scheme.
An underside view of the first prototype showing the in-line positioning of the engines. Subsequent Sea-Masters had the engines toed outwards
A dramatic shot of a production Sea-Master,
A picturesque setting for the maiden flight of the first production P6M-2 SeaMaster, over Chesapeake Bay on February 17, 1959.
... and finally the aircraft comes ashore.
The first prototype XP6M-1 is rolled out, January 1955. Note the rubber pressure pads cemented to the wings for simulated load tests.