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  • Flying Boat Aircraft from Origin to Present Day

    Flying Boat Aircraft from Origin to Present Day

    The "Flying Boat" is a largely overlooked aircraft group in modern times though it played a major role in decades prior.





    The inherent ability to land and take-off from water while carrying heavy loads of passengers and cargo made flying boats a natural workhorse during aviation's early decades. Flying Boats differed from their floatplane brethren by being dimensionally larger in size and utilizing their boat-like hulls to traverse water surfaces where floatplanes relied on a pontoon arrangement as their undercarriage. A few notable flying boat series remain in active service today though the aircraft group has largely fallen into disuse with the rise of the helicopter and other platforms to take their place.


    There are a total of (52) Flying Boat Aircraft from Origin to Present Day in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Floatplanes, Seaplanes and Amphibians are showcased in their own listing found here.





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    2019
    Thumbnail picture of the AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
    AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
    Type: Flying Boat / Amphibious Aircraft
     
    2007
    Thumbnail picture of the ShinMaywa US-2
    ShinMaywa US-2
    Type: Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    2003
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-200 Altair
    Beriev Be-200 Altair
    Type: Amphibious Aircraft
     
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    Type: Amphibious Maritime Patrol / ASW Aircraft
     
    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the Lun (Ekranoplan)
    Lun (Ekranoplan)
    Type: Ground Effect Flying Boat / Anti-Ship Warfare Aircraft
     
    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    Type: Amphibious Flying Boat / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
     
    1979
    Thumbnail picture of the CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
    CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
    Type: Ground Effect Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft
     
    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    Type: Amphibious Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft Prototype
     
    1971
    Thumbnail picture of the Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
    Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
    Type: Maritime Search and Rescue / Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
    Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
    Type: Maritime Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
    Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
    Type: Maritime Patrol / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster
    Martin P6M SeaMaster
    Type: Jet-Powered Flying Boat
     
    1952
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P5M Marlin
    Martin P5M Marlin
    Type: Maritime Service Flying Boat
     
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR Skate
    CONVAIR Skate
    Type: Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
     
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    Type: Flying Boat / Utility Transport Aircraft
     
    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
    Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
    Type: Experimental Flying Boat Fighter
     
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi K-200
    Kawanishi K-200
    Type: Long-Range Jet-Powered Flying Boat Aircraft Proposal
     
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
    Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
    Type: Heavy Flying Boat / Transport Proposal
     
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Short S45 Solent
    Short S45 Solent
    Type: Flying Boat Passenger Airliner
     
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
    Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
    Type: Heavy-Lift Transport / Flying Boat Prototype
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238
    Blohm and Voss Bv 238
    Type: Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 214
    Dornier Do 214
    Type: Long-Range Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft Proposal
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin JRM Mars
    Martin JRM Mars
    Type: Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    Type: Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
    Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
    Type: Long Range Reconnaissance / Transport Flying Boat
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
    Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
    Type: Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    Type: Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon)
    Blohm and Voss Bv 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon)
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv P.111
    Blohm and Voss Bv P.111
    Type: Asymmetric Maritime Patrol / Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft Proposal
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
    Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
    Type: Long-Range Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
    Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 18
    Dornier Do 18
    Type: Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
    Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
    Type: Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman Goose (G-21)
    Grumman Goose (G-21)
    Type: Multirole Flying Boat Aircraft
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 24
    Dornier Do 24
    Type: Reconnaissance / Transport / Search and Rescue Flying Boat
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Stranraer
    Supermarine Stranraer
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Short S25 Sunderland
    Short S25 Sunderland
    Type: Long-Range Maritime / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PBY Catalina
    Consolidated PBY Catalina
    Type: Long-Range Maritime Patrol Flying Boat
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe A.27 London
    Saunders-Roe A.27 London
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Walrus
    Supermarine Walrus
    Type: Air and Sea Search and Rescue Observation Amphibious Flying Boat
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
    CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
    Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Type: Flying Boat / Amphibious Transport Aircraft
     
    1932
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 52
    Junkers Ju 52
    Type: Tri-Motor Transport / Medium Bomber Aircraft
     
    1923
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 75
    Aeromarine 75
    Type: Passenger Flying Boat
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.7
    Macchi M.7
    Type: Flying Boat Fighter / Pilot Trainer
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    Type: Long-Range Flying Boat Biplane Aircraft
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 40
    Aeromarine 40
    Type: Flying Boat Trainer Biplane Aircraft
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.5
    Felixstowe F.5
    Type: Reconnaissance Flying Boat
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.4
    Caproni Ca.4
    Type: Triple-Engine Heavy Bomber Triplane Aircraft
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.2
    Felixstowe F.2
    Type: Flying Boat
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss H-16
    Curtiss H-16
    Type: Seaplane / Flying Boat