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  • Floatplane, Seaplane and Amphibous Aircraft from Origin to Present Day

    Floatplane, Seaplane and Amphibous Aircraft from Origin to Present Day

    The tactical usefulness of Floatplanes Aircraft was apparent through two World Wars and the decades between - though its lasting military reach has since been outlived.





    Floatplane aircraft proved tactically viable for a good portion of military aviation history for their ability to be produced quickly and at cost, granted exceptionally long ranges and the inherent ability to take-off and land on water. Unlike flying boats, which use their boat-like hulls when on water, floatplanes are granted use of pontoons as part of their natural undercarriage. Some are even outfitted with wheeled undercarriages as well and carry the ability to land on prepared runways. While not in large scale use with modern militaries, the floatplane was a regular military participant in World War 1 and throughout World War 2.


    There are a total of (46) Floatplane, Seaplane and Amphibous Aircraft from Origin to Present Day in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing also includes land-based counterparts that can / could be modified with floats to serve as floatplanes. "Flying Boats" are showcased in their own listing found here.



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    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 39
    Aeromarine 39
    Type: Naval Trainer Biplane Aircraft
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi E13A (Jake)
    Aichi E13A (Jake)
    Type: Naval Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
    Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
    Type: Reconnaissance Floatplane / Dive Bomber Aircraft
     
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi M6A Seiran
    Aichi M6A Seiran
    Type: Submarine-Based Attack Floatplane
     
    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)
    Antonov An-2 (Colt)
    Type: Utility Aircraft
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar 196
    Arado Ar 196
    Type: Shipborn Reconnaissance Floatplane
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
    Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
    Type: Army Liaison Biplane Aircraft
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
    CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
    Type: Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane
     
    1953
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart
    CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart
    Type: Seaplane Fighter Prototype
     
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR Skate
    CONVAIR Skate
    Type: Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
    Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
    Type: Experimental Navy Floatplane
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SC Seahawk
    Curtiss SC Seahawk
    Type: Scout Floatplane / Air-Sea Rescue Aircraft
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SO3C Seamew
    Curtiss SO3C Seamew
    Type: Reconnaissance / Observation Floatplane
     
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SOC Seagull
    Curtiss SOC Seagull
    Type: Scout Floatplane
     
    1953
    Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
    de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
    Type: Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 22
    Dornier Do 22
    Type: Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
    Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
    Type: Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Light Utility Aircraft
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Campania
    Fairey Campania
    Type: Carrierborne Reconnaissance and Patrol Aircraft
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey III
    Fairey III
    Type: Reconnaissance / Light Bomber Aircraft
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Seafox
    Fairey Seafox
    Type: Navy Reconnaissance Floatplane
     
    1926
    Thumbnail picture of the Fiat Cr.20
    Fiat Cr.20
    Type: All-Metal Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker T.VIII
    Fokker T.VIII
    Type: Maritime Patrol / Torpedo Bomber Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman J2F Duck
    Grumman J2F Duck
    Type: Amphibious Floatplane Utility Aircraft
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
    Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
    Type: Floatplane Biplane Fighter
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 115
    Heinkel He 115
    Type: Anti-Ship / Maritime Patrol Floatplane
     
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 51
    Heinkel He 51
    Type: Fighter / Floatplane / Ground Attack Aircraft
     
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 59
    Heinkel He 59
    Type: Reconnaissance / Attack Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
    Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
    Type: Floatplane Fighter / Interceptor
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Latecoere 298
    Latecoere 298
    Type: Torpedo Bomber Floatplane
     
    1928
    Thumbnail picture of the Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
    Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
    Type: Maritime Patrol Bomber / Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the LTG FD.1
    LTG FD.1
    Type: Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.5
    Macchi M.5
    Type: Seaplane Fighter
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
    Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
    Type: Reconnaissance Biplane Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
    Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
    Type: Fighter-Bomber / Interceptor Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima E8N (Dave)
    Nakajima E8N (Dave)
    Type: Reconnaissance Floatplane
     
    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
    Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
    Type: Fighter / Racer
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop N-3PB Nomad
    Northrop N-3PB Nomad
    Type: Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane
     
    1929
    Thumbnail picture of the Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
    Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
    Type: Multi-Purpose Biplane
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler 6B
    Rumpler 6B
    Type: Naval Floatplane Fighting Scout
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler B.I
    Rumpler B.I
    Type: Reconnaissance Biplane
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Short Type 184
    Short Type 184
    Type: Reconnaissance / Torpedo Bomber Floatplane
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Baby
    Sopwith Baby
    Type: Scout / Bomber Floatplane Aircraft
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XIV
    SPAD S.XIV
    Type: Floatplane / Seaplane Biplane Fighter
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought FU-1
    Vought FU-1
    Type: Shipboard Reconnaissance / Observation Floatplane
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought OS2U Kingfisher
    Vought OS2U Kingfisher
    Type: Shipborne Reconnaissance and Scout Floatplane
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought VE-7 Bluebird
    Vought VE-7 Bluebird
    Type: Biplane Fighter / Trainer Aircraft