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Rescue in the Atlantic by zulumike Rescue in the Atlantic by zulumike
Two Short Sunderland’s search for survivors after a U.S. supply freighter is destroyed by a U-Boat somewhere in the Atlantic near the coast of England, 1942.


The Sunderland was developed from the early British flying boats that serviced the Empire during the last Colonial days prior to World War II. The first Sunderland flew in 1937 and was the first British flying boat to have power-operated gun turrets. Capable of staying airborne for 16 hours, they were used for coastal patrol, cargo, air-sea rescue, and convoy protection against enemy submarines. Because of the many guns protruding from the aircraft, the Germans dubbed it the “Flying Porcupine”!
Early Sunderlands were powered with the Bristol Pegasus sleeve-valve engines. Unbelievably for an aircraft with an endurance of 16 hours, they were not equipped with feathering propellers.
The British had been flying the American PBY Catalina flying boats and were very satisfied with their Pratt & Whitney engines. Because of the engine’s feathering propellers and extra horsepower, the decision was made to incorporate them on the Sunderlands, beginning with the production of the Sunderland Mk V


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Sky, water, freighter, aircarft and fire painted with GIMP. Over (15) textured brushes used. Total time: 16 hrs. Thanks for Looking, Cheers, Mike
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:iconenrico1946:
Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Roar of the Sunderlands :D
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springheel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
SUPERB!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I had a good reference photo I could not pass up that also led me to a good historical event. Cheers.
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springheel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thanks. The Winged Porcupine has always been one of my favorite flying boats (together with the PBY Catalina)
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VassKholzovf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Stunning. Love the description too!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, much appreciated.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Amazing work and love it, Sunderlands is a special plane to me since I watched battlefield, battle of the atlantic when I was small a lot of times and since then liked this plane :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, when I saw this plane and the history I had to do artwork for this great plane. Thank for your feedback.
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