There are no apparent flaps deployed. Presumably flapless takeoffs would not be surprising but alighting flapless would be unusual, particularly since it appears that this is all happening with land approaching (fast!). I will vote for takeoff and a captioning error by the editorial staff.
On "some" marine aircraft (don't know about the big old flying boats though) the flaps are retracted at an early stage of both the TO and landing (as an operational technique .... usually subject to prevailing water conditions on any particular day) .... in order to limit potential for damage to these surfaces by spray impact.
Seen the effect of that .... on GRUMMAN WIDGEON's too aboard which I used to fly very regularly.
I read somewhere a long time ago that at 100 mph water is as hard as concrete.
"IS IT EVER" !!!! .... especially captive/combined with both acceleration as well an "unwanted" micro-burst imposed ROD ("at TO") .... and into a choppy sea condition
we were only at around 75-85 KTS as we impacted.
So I'm sure you felt that Widgeon's contact with the water
"DID I EVER" !!!! .... and lived to tell the tale too.
Apart from a sore vertebrae and "A NASTY FRIGHT" I was OK .... but .... we busted a float and did "A LOT" of other damage to the WIDGEON that day and as a result of this incident.
The WIDGEON was out of service and under repair for 8 months though and following this incident, but, it apparently never flew right afterward .... or so I heard.
I was flying again .... on the GOOSE .... a few days later though .... best way to force myself to overcome the fright .... and which I did
I wrote an article about it, which I still have, but, have never published.
I loved the GRUMMAN amphibians .... both the GOOSE (in particular) and the WIDGEON. Between 1984 and 1989 I was flying o them almost every weekend.
As this thread's about Trans-Tasman Flying Boats (I suppose amphibians are allowed) .... a little while back I wrote a 2-part feature about the NZ GRUMMAN amphibians and which (if anyone's interested) is accessible per the following link ....
The caption was no doubt written by someone at the magazine no with experience of aviation. Very much like those so called aviation consultants who cut in film clips of a P-47 firing when they are doing a documentary on the "Battle of Britain".
Hi Tom I really find things like that so galling. Especially from people who should know better. Here in Brisbane in the early hours of the morning we get replays of the old "Dangerman" and "The Baron" series from the early 60s. They often show clips of European and Middle East airport terminals and early jets and propliners. Sort of brings a lot of the CalClassic sceneries to life.