Where is the PT-109 today?

Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. An original flag from PT-109 is now kept in the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Was PT-109 ever found?

A National Geographic expedition has found the WWII patrol boat that became a cornerstone of the Kennedy legend. A National Geographic expedition led by explorer Robert Ballard has found what is believed to be the remains of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109.

Was there a real PT 73?

The real PT-73 was a 78-foot Higgins boat assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 13, which saw service in the Aleutians and in the Southwest Pacific theater. On 15 January, 1945 it ran aground, and was destroyed to prevent it falling into enemy hands.

How much fuel did a PT boat carry?

A PT boat carried 3,000 US gallons (11,400 l) of 100 octane aviation fuel, enough for a 4M-2500 equipped boat to conduct a maximum 12-hour patrol. Some 200 US gallons (760 l) an hour were consumed at a cruising speed of 23 knots (43 km/h), increasing to 500 US gallons (1,900 l) per hour at top speed.

How accurate is the movie PT-109?

You can’t review a historical movie without talking about its historical accuracy. Overall, PT-109 does a good job with keeping things accurate. However, they altered one significant part of the story with the sole purpose of writing ethnic minorities out of history.

What happened to PT 73 from McHale’s Navy?

“PT-73” was later sold to the Mayor of Hawthorne, CA, and was converted to a sportfishing boat. It was destroyed when it broke loose of its mooring near Santa Barbara and washed up on the beach during a storm.

How far could a PT boat travel?

Its maximum speed was also 40 knots but specified radius was 120 miles at top speed and 240 miles at cruising speed. Armament was less – two torpedoes and depth charges, or . 50-cal machine-guns and a smokescreen generator. By September 1938, 24 designs for the smaller boat and 13 designs for the 70-footer.

What happened to JFK’s PT boat?

The Truth About JFK and His PT Boat’s Collision with a Japanese Destroyer in WWII. In April 1943, 25-year-old John F. Kennedy arrived in the Pacific and took command of the PT-109. Just months later, the boat collided with a Japanese ship, killing two of his men (John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, PC101).

How big is the hull of a RC PT boat?

The RC PT boat hull will be planked with a skin of 1/16-inch balsa. It may be tempting to cut a corner here and half-fast the sanding step, but believe me, you’ll suffer for it later. The balsa is thin enough to show through a lot of imperfections if not properly dealt with in this step.

How to build a RC PT boat from scratch?

RC PT boat project – Chine halves taped together. I laid the two halves out side-by-side, center line to center line, and face down. After lining them up so stem and stern were even from side to side I taped the two halves together. Three pieces of tape – front, middle and rear. 100% line-to-line fit is not necessary.

Can a twisted board ruin a RC PT boat?

A twisted board will transfer into the hull and could ruin the entire RC PT boat project. Similarly, avoid material that are twisted, especially for early assemblies like the frame. RC PT boat project – Chine halves taped together.

How many motors does a PT 109 boat have?

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