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Accomplishments, pictures, sounds and specifications of seaplanes, flying boats, and
amphibians throughout the history of aviation and a scale radio control airplane guide.

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Seaplanes originated soon after the first aircraft took flight.  At the time runways were limited and often could only be used by smaller aircraft. It was a great advantage to be able to take off and land on water. The world's largest aircraft, the Spruce Goose, was one among the many seaplanes ofthe world.

During the Wars it was an advantage for a ship to be able to carry seaplanes to use as a spotter and for reconnaissance, capable of defending against submarine attacks, and for rescues at sea. A number of land-based aircraft were converted to seaplanes, flying boats, and amphibians from having landing gear to floats or both. These aircraft were launched from ships via a catapult and when landed in the sea, cranes on board the ships recovered them.

Seaplanes, flying boats, and amphibians are still being used today. The CL-415 Super Scoopers skim over the water to quickly replenish their water supply for fire fighting.  Private recreational aircraft may be designed as seaplanes, flying boats, or amphibians.  They can have fuselages designed like the hull of a boat or may be equipped with floats for flying into otherwise inaccessible locations.


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Seaplanes used by Great Britain for pilot training: A.19 Saro Cloud

Largest current seaplanes: A-40 Albatross

Seaplanes, fitted with landing gear and arresting hook, that made the first ever underway U.S. aircraft carrier landing: Aeromarine Model 39B

Training seaplanes produced during World War 1 with the student sitting adjacent to the instructor: Aeromarine 40F

Two place recreational seaplanes sold as plans from 1969 to 1978.  Some 200 sets of plans were sold: Anderson EA-1

One or two seat ultralight seaplanes with a flying boat hull, available with retracts: Aventura

Amphibian jet powered seaplanes, used primarily for water bombing, produced in Russia: Beriev Be-200

Largest ever mass produced seaplanes deployed during WW II: Blohm & Voss BV 222

World's largest one of a kind of all seaplanes built during WW II: Blohm & Voss BV 238

Experimental Italian nine wing early seaplane: Caproni Ca.60

Most luxurious seaplanes: China Clippers

Seaplanes that can Scoop a 1,620 gallon water load in just twelve seconds: CL-415 Super Scooper

A bush pilot favorite when equipped as seaplanes with floats: deHavilland Beaver

Highly regarded WW II amphibians seaplanes used by the Luftwaffe: Dornier Do 24

World's largest seaplanes when first flown, and heaviest aircraft during their deployments: Dornier Do X

Seaplanes dispatched throughout the British Empire from 1923 to 1934:  Fairey Flycatcher

Primary single engine workhorse military amphibian seaplanes for the U.S. and its allies: Grumman Duck

Supersonic jet fighter seaplanes: F2Y Sea Dart

Popular twin engine seaplanes, popular with the military in WWII: Grumman Goose

Seaplanes which rescued thousands of troops from coastal waters and rivers: HU-16 Albatross

Amphibious seaplanes, with assembly of the first prototype production aircraft started in February 2014: ICON A5

Twin seat seaplanes amphibians sold as a kit for home building, first flown in 1969: Anderson Kingfisher

Last seaplane racer design ever to enter the Schneider Trophy race: Macchi M33

On Oct. 23, 1933 set the still standing world seaplanes speed record: Macchi Castoldi MC-72

Largest water bomber seaplanes, and largest seaplanes to ever enter production: Martin Mars

Single engine WW II seaplanes known for rescuing downed pilots: OS2U Kingfisher

Four engine jet bomber seaplanes: P6M Sea Master

Seaplanes that sighted the Bismarck and Japanese fleets during World War II: Consolidated PBY Catalina

Seaplanes that, for years, were the only single engine amphibians in the world:  Lake Renegade

Seaplanes which set a total of fourteen world records including altitude, distance, and speed: Savoia Marchetti S.55

Four seat recreational seaplanes that can fly at 200 mph: Seawind 300C

Described as the greatest seaplanes ever built: Short Sunderland

Largest among the seaplanes ever made: Spruce Goose

Great Britain's first seaplanes: Supermarine Baby

Single hull seaplanes built after WW1, they were able to be catapult launched from war ships or take off and land from aircraft carriers: Supermarine Sea King

Recreational seaplanes, biplane amphibians, available as kits or ultralites: Super Petrel

Seaplanes known for their ruggedness, dependability, and utility: Grumman Widgeon