Yesterday (Thursday 10/13/16) a two-engine seaplane put on a show for those with their eyes on the lake over the lunch hour.
Here’s a followup. The photos in yesterday’s article were taken with a telephoto lens from the Eagle Point shore as the plane maneuvered at the west end and eventually took to the air just west of Kentucky Point. One of the photos shows a person on a raft nearby the plane (not as close to the plane as it appears). That person was Andy Wilson who took a video of the plane as it prepared to take off.
Yesterday’s story noted the preparation for takeoff. “…it headed northeast with engines revving. As it gained momentum, suddenly the pilot apparently thought better of it as he collided with a large wave…”. But it was not a wave that caused thee pilot to pull back. Andy Wilson’s video shows the plane porpoised on its own. Andy comments. “The plane is a 1944 Grumman G-44…[and has] a tendency to porpoise.” In this video, you can see the plane rev, porpoise, and return to idle. Just below the video, view photos of the takeoff.
The plane is registered to Lawrence Rushton of Monroe, Tennessee, according to FAA records. Click to learn more about this kind of plane.
This two-engine seaplane was also observed returning to Clark Lake later in the afternoon.