Flying Boats.

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by von Poop, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Someone needs to find good reason to bring massive flying boats back as a thing.
    Apparently, 'Because they're fantastic, look at it!' isn't a strategic or tactical justification.

    The missus's dad used to be Calshot Sunderland ballast, and Hendon's blew me away as a kid. (Models of that & a Stranraer instantly bought, then badly built, but I suppose the airgun didn't care).

    Merely a thread for general flying boatage.

    1949:


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/new-boac-flying-boat-lands-on-the-thames/zf3gpg8

    The best camper van ever:
     
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  2. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    I'll agree with that !

    My current Desktop picture...
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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A Tweeter points me towards a current Japanese model.
    ShinMaywa US-2 - Wikipedia

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    I like it.
    Apparently some Chinese & Russian gear to be found as well.
     
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  4. Dave55

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  5. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    An article of it's time, of the times.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.

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  6. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Bartini Beriev VVA-14
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  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Thought at first that was an ekranoplan, but no - 30k-ish feet.

    It's magnificent, but I don't seem to feel the same about jet power on these things.
    Think for my taste they have to have props to be proper flying boats.


    Wiki :unsure: reckons this to be the first seaplane actually built:
    Kress Drachenflieger - Wikipedia

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    Stylish.
     
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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  9. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Ahhh Adam, the elder brother of these maybe?

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  10. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Quite a contrast here (for all, but especially Dave 55)

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.

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  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  12. JimHerriot

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  13. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    From the land of the rising sun.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.

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  14. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    I've always been partial to this BV138 picture as it looks like it's leaping from the sea into the air.
     
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  15. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    Here's another giant.
     
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  16. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    I just love flying boats, especially military/naval ones. The Sunderland ranks side-by-side to the Liberator as one of my favorite WWII aircraft. I can't help regretting that the Shetland, the super-Sunderland planned as a successor, never got into service. I have an idea for a story where a rich and mad heiress gets hold of a Shetland with full war equipment and uses it as her personal aircraft. She has lots of fun strafing and bombing things.
     
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  17. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

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  18. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Well, in that case, I have the pleasure of introducing this most elegant beauty to you: The Dornier 26....winged aesthetics in a stylish aluminium dress
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  19. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    No,no,...that's not a real flying boat! That's....that's..don't know what that is - the bastard offspring of a hovercraft and a racing catamaran ?
     
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  20. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Short Sunderland 4X-W 230 Squadron
     

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