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    Flying Boat Aircraft

    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 (50) Flying Boat Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.


    1
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
    AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
    2
    2007
    Thumbnail picture of the ShinMaywa US-2
    ShinMaywa US-2
    3
    2003
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-200 Altair
    Beriev Be-200 Altair
    4
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    5
    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the Lun (Ekranoplan)
    Lun (Ekranoplan)
    6
    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    7
    1979
    Thumbnail picture of the CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
    CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
    8
    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    9
    1971
    Thumbnail picture of the Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
    Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
    10
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
    Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
    11
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
    Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
    12
    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster
    Martin P6M SeaMaster
    13
    1952
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P5M Marlin
    Martin P5M Marlin
    14
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR Skate
    CONVAIR Skate
    15
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    16
    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
    Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
    17
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi K-200
    Kawanishi K-200
    18
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
    Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
    19
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Short S45 Solent
    Short S45 Solent
    20
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
    Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
    21
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238
    Blohm and Voss Bv 238
    22
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin JRM Mars
    Martin JRM Mars
    23
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    24
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
    Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
    25
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
    Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
    26
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    27
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 138
    Blohm and Voss Bv 138
    28
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
    Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
    29
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
    Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
    30
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 18
    Dornier Do 18
    31
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
    Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
    32
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman Goose (G-21)
    Grumman Goose (G-21)
    33
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 24
    Dornier Do 24
    34
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Stranraer
    Supermarine Stranraer
    35
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Short S25 Sunderland
    Short S25 Sunderland
    36
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PBY Catalina
    Consolidated PBY Catalina
    37
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe A.27 London
    Saunders-Roe A.27 London
    38
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Walrus
    Supermarine Walrus
    39
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
    CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
    40
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
    Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
    41
    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    42
    1932
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 52
    Junkers Ju 52
    43
    1923
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 75
    Aeromarine 75
    44
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.7
    Macchi M.7
    45
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    46
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 40
    Aeromarine 40
    47
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.5
    Felixstowe F.5
    48
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.4
    Caproni Ca.4
    49
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.2
    Felixstowe F.2
    50
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss H-16
    Curtiss H-16