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    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 (50) 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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    A
     1 


    2017
    Thumbnail picture of the AVIC AG-600 / TA-600

    AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
    Flying Boat / Maritime Patrol / Search and Rescue
    S
     2 


    2007
    Thumbnail picture of the ShinMaywa US-2

    ShinMaywa US-2
    Amphibious Flying Boat
    B
     3 


    2003
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-200 Altair

    Beriev Be-200 Altair
    Amphibious Aircraft
    B
     4 


    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)

    Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    Amphibious Maritime Patrol / ASW Aircraft
    L
     5 


    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the Lun (Ekranoplan)

    Lun (Ekranoplan)
    Ground Effect Flying Boat / Anti-Ship Warfare Aircraft
    H
     6 


    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)

    Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    Amphibious Flying Boat / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    C
     7 


    1979
    Thumbnail picture of the CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)

    CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
    Ground Effect Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft
    B
     8 


    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)

    Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    Amphibious Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft Prototype
    S
     9 


    1971
    Thumbnail picture of the Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1

    Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
    Maritime Search and Rescue Flying Boat
    B
     10 


    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)

    Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
    Maritime Bomber Flying Boat
    B
     11 


    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)

    Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
    Maritime Patrol / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    M
     12 


    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster

    Martin P6M SeaMaster
    Jet-Powered Flying Boat
    M
     13 


    1952
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P5M Marlin

    Martin P5M Marlin
    Maritime Service Flying Boat
    C
     14 


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR Skate

    CONVAIR Skate
    Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
    G
     15 


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross

    Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    Flying Boat / Utility Transport Aircraft
    S
     16 


    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe SR.A-1

    Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
    Experimental Flying Boat Fighter
    K
     17 


    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi K-200

    Kawanishi K-200
    Long-Range Jet-Powered Flying Boat Aircraft Proposal
    K
     18 


    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)

    Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
    Heavy Flying Boat / Transport Proposal
    S
     19 


    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the Short S45 Solent

    Short S45 Solent
    Flying Boat Passenger Airliner
    H
     20 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)

    Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
    Heavy-Lift Transport / Flying Boat Prototype
    B
     21 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238

    Blohm and Voss Bv 238
    Flying Boat Aircraft
    M
     22 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin JRM Mars

    Martin JRM Mars
    Flying Boat Aircraft
    K
     23 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H8K (Emily)

    Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
    B
     24 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)

    Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
    Long Range Reconnaissance / Transport Flying Boat
    M
     25 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner

    Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
    Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
    C
     26 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

    Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
    B
     27 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 138

    Blohm and Voss Bv 138
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    B
     28 


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)

    Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
    Long-Range Flying Boat Aircraft
    S
     29 


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick

    Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    D
     30 


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 18

    Dornier Do 18
    Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    K
     31 


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)

    Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
    Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
    G
     32 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman Goose (G-21)

    Grumman Goose (G-21)
    Multirole Flying Boat
    D
     33 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 24

    Dornier Do 24
    Reconnaissance / Transport / Search and Rescue Flying Boat
    S
     34 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Stranraer

    Supermarine Stranraer
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    S
     35 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Short S25 Sunderland

    Short S25 Sunderland
    Long-Range Maritime / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    C
     36 


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PBY Catalina

    Consolidated PBY Catalina
    Long-Range Maritime Patrol Flying Boat
    S
     37 


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Saunders-Roe A.27 London

    Saunders-Roe A.27 London
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    S
     38 


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Walrus

    Supermarine Walrus
    Air and Sea Search and Rescue Observation Amphibious Flying Boat
    C
     39 


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)

    CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    B
     40 


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2

    Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    S
     41 


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)

    Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Flying Boat / Amphibious Transport Aircraft
    J
     42 


    1932
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 52

    Junkers Ju 52
    Tri-Motor Transport / Medium Bomber Aircraft
    A
     43 


    1923
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 75

    Aeromarine 75
    Passenger Flying Boat
    M
     44 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.7

    Macchi M.7
    Flying Boat Fighter / Pilot Trainer
    C
     45 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)

    Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    Long-Range Flying Boat Biplane Aircraft
    A
     46 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 40

    Aeromarine 40
    Flying Boat Trainer Biplane Aircraft
    F
     47 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.5

    Felixstowe F.5
    Reconnaissance Flying Boat
    C
     48 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.4

    Caproni Ca.4
    Triple-Engine Heavy Bomber Triplane Aircraft
    F
     49 


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.2

    Felixstowe F.2
    Flying Boat
    C
     50 


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss H-16

    Curtiss H-16
    Seaplane / Flying Boat