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