Glenn L. Martin Baltimore, in cooperation with the US Navy Patrol, Squadron 49, presents a 1950’s era, color movie called, Look to the Sea. Produced by Information Services; Joseph M. Rowland, Mgr. Written and Directed by Donn Hale Munson. Photography by Lee T. Dougherty. Edited by Frank A. Maniglia. Technical Advisement by Ens. D.P. Arrowsmith, USNR. The film is a promotional film for the Martin M6M SeaMaster. The Martin P6M SeaMaster, built by the Glenn L. Martin Company, was a 1950s strategic bomber flying boat for the United States Navy that almost entered service; production aircraft were built and Navy crews were undergoing operational conversion, with a service entry about six months off, when the program was cancelled on 21 August 1959. Envisioned as a way to give the Navy a strategic nuclear force, the SeaMaster was eclipsed by the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile. Due to the political situation at the Pentagon, the Navy promoted the P6M primarily as a high speed minelayer.
The film opens with a globe, 1:00. Waves crash, 1:14. Men are seen commercial fishing, 1:21. A seaplane soars over the sea, 1:57. A seaplane soars on the sea, 2:29. Seaplane operates offshore, 2:56. Men maintain the seaplane, 3:20. A seaplane is refueled at sea from a navy boat, 4:00. A Navy seaplane takes off from the ocean, 4:21. A navy seaman is typing at a teletype, 4:47. Seaman hands a report to a navy officer, 5:09. Navy officers plot a map, 5:25. Officers plan an attack on a submarine; the crew mans the ship, 6:00. The crew boards the seaplane, 6:10. The seaplane takes off on its mission, 6:50. The plane makes its way through the bay and takes off, 7:25. The seaplane flies toward its mission, 8:25. The navy officers are pictured in the cockpit, 8:35. The officers man the radar, searching for an enemy submarine, 9:15. The navy officers man the seaplane and search for the submarine, 10:15. A navy seaman is seen using his radar to find the enemy submarine, 10:53. The enemy submarine has been spotted, 11:05. Bomb bay doors are open and attack the submarine, 12:10. The submarine is destroyed, 12:15. The seaplane lands on the water, 13:00. The Martin P6 Seamaster. The Martin P6M SeaMaster was built by the Glenn L. Martin Company it was a 1950s strategic bomber flying boat for the United States Navy that almost entered service; production aircraft were built and Navy crews were undergoing operational conversion, with a service entry about six months off, when the program was cancelled on 21 August 1959. Envisioned to give the Navy a strategic nuclear force, the SeaMaster was eclipsed by the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile. Due to the political situation at the Pentagon, the Navy promoted the P6M primarily as a high-speed minelayer. The seaplane takes off, 13:40.
Martin tried unsuccessfully to market the technology in the civilian market, with a version called the SeaMistress but there were no takers, and the company soon abandoned the aircraft business entirely to focus on missiles and electronics. The P6M was the final aircraft constructed by the Glenn L. Martin Company.
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