Friday Photo; Into the sky via the sea.
German Arado AR196 Floatplane prepares for a sortie somewhere in the med. theatre. The ground crew have checked all is secure on the trolley and its towcable system, and the aircrew prep for takeoff.
The Arado was used by German, Italian, Vichy French and Japanese forces during WW2 and proved valuable for reconnaisance around coastlines and naval actions in particular...some were even used to Fly into Berlin and land on waterways in parks, rivers etc to bring in whatever was possible at the fall of the Reich.