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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
    Naval Trainer Biplane Aircraft


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi E13A (Jake)

    Aichi E13A (Jake)
    Naval Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)

    Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
    Reconnaissance Floatplane / Dive Bomber


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi M6A Seiran

    Aichi M6A Seiran
    Submarine-Based Attack Floatplane


    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)

    Antonov An-2 (Colt)
    Utility Aircraft


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar 196

    Arado Ar 196
    Shipborn Reconnaissance Floatplane


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the Armstrong Whitworth Atlas

    Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
    Army Liaison Biplane Aircraft


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)

    CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
    Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane


    1953
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart

    CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart
    Seaplane Fighter Prototype


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR Skate

    CONVAIR Skate
    Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor


    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)

    Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
    Experimental Navy Floatplane


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SC Seahawk

    Curtiss SC Seahawk
    Scout Floatplane / Air-Sea Rescue Aircraft


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SO3C Seamew

    Curtiss SO3C Seamew
    Reconnaissance / Observation Floatplane


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SOC Seagull

    Curtiss SOC Seagull
    Scout Floatplane


    1953
    Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

    de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
    Floatplane Aircraft


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 22

    Dornier Do 22
    Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft


    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)

    Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
    Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Light Utility Aircraft


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Campania

    Fairey Campania
    Carrierborne Reconnaissance and Patrol Aircraft


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey III

    Fairey III
    Reconnaissance / Light Bomber Aircraft


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Seafox

    Fairey Seafox
    Navy Reconnaissance Floatplane


    1926
    Thumbnail picture of the Fiat CR.20

    Fiat CR.20
    All-Metal Single-Seat Biplane Fighter


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker T.VIII

    Fokker T.VIII
    Maritime Patrol / Torpedo Bomber Floatplane Aircraft


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman J2F Duck

    Grumman J2F Duck
    Amphibious Utility Aircraft


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12

    Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
    Floatplane Biplane Fighter


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 115

    Heinkel He 115
    Anti-Ship / Maritime Patrol Floatplane


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 51

    Heinkel He 51
    Fighter / Floatplane / Ground Attack Aircraft


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 59

    Heinkel He 59
    Reconnaissance / Attack Floatplane Aircraft


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)

    Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
    Floatplane Fighter / Interceptor


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Latecoere 298

    Latecoere 298
    Torpedo Bomber Floatplane


    1928
    Thumbnail picture of the Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25

    Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
    Maritime Patrol Bomber / Floatplane Aircraft


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the LTG FD.1

    LTG FD.1
    Floatplane Biplane Fighter


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.5

    Macchi M.5
    Seaplane Fighter


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)

    Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
    Reconnaissance Biplane Floatplane Aircraft


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)

    Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
    Fighter-Bomber / Interceptor Floatplane Aircraft


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima E8N (Dave)

    Nakajima E8N (Dave)
    Reconnaissance Floatplane


    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport-Delage NiD 29

    Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
    Fighter / Racer


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop N-3PB Nomad

    Northrop N-3PB Nomad
    Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane


    1929
    Thumbnail picture of the Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)

    Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
    Multi-Purpose Biplane


    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler 6B

    Rumpler 6B
    Naval Floatplane Fighting Scout


    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler B.I

    Rumpler B.I
    Reconnaissance Biplane


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Short Type 184

    Short Type 184
    Reconnaissance / Torpedo Bomber Floatplane


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Baby

    Sopwith Baby
    Scout / Bomber Floatplane Aircraft


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XIV

    SPAD S.XIV
    Floatplane / Seaplane Biplane Fighter


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought FU-1

    Vought FU-1
    Shipboard Reconnaissance / Observation Floatplane


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought OS2U Kingfisher

    Vought OS2U Kingfisher
    Shipborne Reconnaissance and Scout Floatplane


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought VE-7 Bluebird

    Vought VE-7 Bluebird
    Biplane Fighter / Trainer Aircraft