Introduction to Equipment Amphibious search and rescue plane US-2

US-2
Specifications
Capacity 11 people
Maximum speed 300 knots
Total width Approx. 33.2m
Total length Approx. 33.3m
Total height Approx. 10.1m
Gross weight Approx. 47.7tons
Engines AE2100J, approx. 4,600 horsepower x 4
Distance for takeoff from water Approx. 280m
Distance for landing on water Approx. 310m
Possible wave height for landing on water Approx. 3m

The US-2 is an amphibious search and rescue plane operated by the MSDF. The amphibious plane is an aircraft that is characterized by its ability to function as both a plane and a ship. It can land on rough seas with waves as high as 3 meters, and has excellent short-distance takeoff and landing ability on water. It also has outstanding short-distance takeoff and landing ability on land.

The US-2 is a successor plane for the US-1A amphibious search and rescue plane. Remodeling and development of US-1A as a domestically produced aircraft began in 1996, and its first mass-produced plane was acquired at the end of 2008. Although it bears a striking resemblance to US-1A in appearance, its engine has a higher output than that of US-1A, and the aircraft has been retrofitted with six blades for the propeller over the previous three blades. Consequently, the US-2 has a significantly larger thrust, as well as enhanced takeoff and landing ability on water, long-distance cruise performance, and speed performance. The flight control system has been converted into a fly-by-wire system with enhanced stability and maneuverability. In addition, by pressurizing the upper hull, the US-2 has been enabled to take high-altitude flights.

The US-2 is under consideration for civilian use through manufacturing corporations. The Ministry of Defense is providing its full assistance toward the realization of civilian use in view of the possible contributions to the maintenance, development, and enhancement of defense production and technological bases.

US-2
US-2

Introduction to historical building
Headquarters of MSDF Kure District (former Kure Naval Building)

Headquarters of MSDF Kure District (former Kure Naval Building)
Headquarters of MSDF Kure District (former Kure Naval Building)

There is a granite driveway in the center of the front of the building. The back of the second-floor balcony is decorated with a classical pediment of the Naval seal, featuring an Ionian-order pillar, anchor, and cherry blossoms. The carvings on the freeze (small wall) of the masonry section in the front depict various arrangements of cherry blossoms. A large window made of stone, with large, semicircular arches, can be found at the back of the pediment.

This building is characterized by its brick design. For every four layers of bricks laid on the first floor, approximately half of the fifth layer reaches deep into the back in a deep tiling style. The stone pillars in the driveway porch match the brick layering style, and are also fashioned in the deep tiling style. The bricks on the second floor are laid out in a flat manner such that the surface of the wall exudes a calm atmosphere. The windows for both the first and second floors are also designed to create different expressions.

The building is currently used as the Headquarter of the MSDF Kure District.There is a granite driveway in the center of the front of the building. The back of the second-floor balcony is decorated with a classical pediment of the Naval seal, featuring an Ionian-order pillar, anchor, and cherry blossoms. The carvings on the freeze (small wall) of the masonry section in the front depict various arrangements of cherry blossoms. A large window made of stone, with large, semicircular arches, can be found at the back of the pediment.

This building is characterized by its brick design. For every four layers of bricks laid on the first floor, approximately half of the fifth layer reaches deep into the back in a deep tiling style. The stone pillars in the driveway porch match the brick layering style, and are also fashioned in the deep tiling style. The bricks on the second floor are laid out in a flat manner such that the surface of the wall exudes a calm atmosphere. The windows for both the first and second floors are also designed to create different expressions.

The building is currently used as the Headquarter of the MSDF Kure District.

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