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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 2 of 4.

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 2 of 4. ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-387174
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TDN   Main article  Photos  
Sable   Main article  Photos  
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

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
8 Jun 2017 01:03:17 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 aircraft’s wrong wing. In Aug 1943, the emblem was to be painted on the upper surfaces of an aircraft’s port wing and both the Navy and Army were very faithful to these guidelines. Reversing the Navy’s image to what is seen here means the aircraft would be facing aft on the flight deck, 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.

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