The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fueling A Flying Boat

This photo, posted on Rivet Head, appears to show U.S. Navy sailors refueling a "flying boat" aircraft during World War II.  I found this image interesting because of the aircraft, the relatively unknown Martin PBM Mariner.  The Consolidated PB-Y "Catalina" is often the first aircraft that springs to mind when talking about amphibious or marine aircraft of that era, probably since it served in greater numbers.  This Mariner appears to be equipped with a radar dome. 

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