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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 [ 64 ] Floatplane / Seaplane Aircraft entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
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1
Picture of the Aeromarine 39
National Flag Graphic
1917
Aeromarine 39
Naval Trainer Biplane Aircraft
2
Picture of the Aichi E13A (Jake)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Aichi E13A (Jake)
Naval Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft
3
Picture of the Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
Reconnaissance Floatplane / Dive Bomber Aircraft
4
Picture of the Aichi M6A Seiran
National Flag Graphic
1945
Aichi M6A Seiran
Submarine-Based Attack Floatplane Aircraft
5
Picture of the Air Tractor AT-802
National Flag Graphic
1990
Air Tractor AT-802
Multirole Light Aircraft
6
Picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)
National Flag Graphic
1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Single-Engine Biplane Utility Aircraft
7
Picture of the Arado Ar 196
National Flag Graphic
1939
Arado Ar 196
Shipborne Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft
8
Picture of the Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
National Flag Graphic
1927
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
Army Liaison / Co-Operation Biplane Aircraft
9
Picture of the Avro Type D
National Flag Graphic
1911
Avro Type D
Experimental Biplane / Floatplane Aircraft
10
Picture of the Blackburn B.44
National Flag Graphic
1942
Blackburn B.44
Floatplane Fighter Prototype
11
Picture of the Blackburn Dart
National Flag Graphic
1922
Blackburn Dart
Biplane Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
12
Picture of the Blackburn Velos
National Flag Graphic
1926
Blackburn Velos
Torpedo Bomber Biplane / Seaplane
13
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Ha 139
National Flag Graphic
1937
Blohm and Voss Ha 139
Seaplane / Floatplane Cargo Aircraft
14
Picture of the Boeing L-15 Scout
National Flag Graphic
1947
Boeing L-15 Scout
Light Liaison Observation Aircraft
15
Picture of the Breda Ba.25
National Flag Graphic
1932
Breda Ba.25
Basic Trainer Biplane Aircraft
16
Picture of the CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
National Flag Graphic
1936
CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane
17
Picture of the CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart
National Flag Graphic
1953
CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart
Seaplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft
18
Picture of the CONVAIR Skate
National Flag Graphic
1949
CONVAIR Skate
Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
19
Picture of the CONVAIR Submersible Seaplane
National Flag Graphic
1966
CONVAIR Submersible Seaplane
Anti-Ship Attack Craft
20
Picture of the Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
National Flag Graphic
1911
Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
Experimental Navy Floatplane Aircraft
21
Picture of the Curtiss SC Seahawk
National Flag Graphic
1944
Curtiss SC Seahawk
Scout Floatplane / Air-Sea Rescue Aircraft
22
Picture of the Curtiss SO3C Seamew
National Flag Graphic
1942
Curtiss SO3C Seamew
Reconnaissance / Observation Floatplane
23
Picture of the Curtiss SOC Seagull
National Flag Graphic
1935
Curtiss SOC Seagull
Scout / Artillery Spotting Recoverable Biplane Floatplane
24
Picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
National Flag Graphic
1953
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Floatplane Aircraft
25
Picture of the Dornier Do 22
National Flag Graphic
1938
Dornier Do 22
Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft
26
Picture of the Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
National Flag Graphic
1959
Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Light Utility Aircraft
27
Picture of the Fairey Campania
National Flag Graphic
1917
Fairey Campania
Carrierborne Reconnaissance and Patrol Aircraft
28
Picture of the Fairey III
National Flag Graphic
1918
Fairey III
Reconnaissance / Light Bomber Aircraft
29
Picture of the Fairey Seafox
National Flag Graphic
1937
Fairey Seafox
Navy Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft
30
Picture of the Fiat Cr.20
National Flag Graphic
1926
Fiat Cr.20
All-Metal Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft
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31
Picture of the Fokker T.VIII
National Flag Graphic
1939
Fokker T.VIII
Maritime Patrol / Torpedo Bomber Floatplane Aircraft
32
Picture of the Friedrichshafen FF.43
National Flag Graphic
1916
Friedrichshafen FF.43
Floatplane Fighter Prototype
33
Picture of the Grumman J2F Duck
National Flag Graphic
1936
Grumman J2F Duck
Amphibious Floatplane Utility Aircraft
34
Picture of the Hanriot HD.2
National Flag Graphic
1917
Hanriot HD.2
Floatplane Fighter Aircraft
35
Picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
National Flag Graphic
1917
Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
Floatplane Biplane Fighter
36
Picture of the Heinkel He 115
National Flag Graphic
1939
Heinkel He 115
Anti-Ship / Maritime Patrol Floatplane Aircraft
37
Picture of the Heinkel He 51
National Flag Graphic
1935
Heinkel He 51
Fighter / Floatplane / Ground Attack Aircraft
38
Picture of the Heinkel He 59
National Flag Graphic
1935
Heinkel He 59
Reconnaissance / Attack Floatplane Aircraft
39
Picture of the ICON A5
National Flag Graphic
2016
ICON A5
Amphibious Sport Flyer Aircraft
40
Picture of the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
Floatplane Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
41
Picture of the Latecoere 298
National Flag Graphic
1938
Latecoere 298
Torpedo Bomber Floatplane Aircraft
42
Picture of the Letov S.328
National Flag Graphic
1934
Letov S.328
Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Biplane Fighter Aircraft
43
Picture of the Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
National Flag Graphic
1928
Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
Maritime Patrol Bomber / Floatplane Aircraft
44
Picture of the LTG FD.1
National Flag Graphic
1917
LTG FD.1
Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft
45
Picture of the Macchi M.5
National Flag Graphic
1917
Macchi M.5
Seaplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft
46
Picture of the Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
Reconnaissance Biplane Floatplane Aircraft
47
Picture of the Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
National Flag Graphic
1942
Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
Fighter-Bomber / Interceptor Floatplane Aircraft
48
Picture of the Nakajima E8N (Dave)
National Flag Graphic
1935
Nakajima E8N (Dave)
Shipborne Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft
49
Picture of the Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
National Flag Graphic
1922
Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
Fighter / Racing Aircraft
50
Picture of the Northrop N-3PB Nomad
National Flag Graphic
1941
Northrop N-3PB Nomad
Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane
51
Picture of the Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
National Flag Graphic
1929
Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
Single-Engine, Twin-Seat Multirole Biplane / Basic Trainer Aircraft
52
Picture of the Polikarpov R-5
National Flag Graphic
1930
Polikarpov R-5
Reconnaissance / Light Bomber Biplane
53
Picture of the Rumpler 6B
National Flag Graphic
1916
Rumpler 6B
Naval Floatplane Fighting Scout
54
Picture of the Rumpler B.I
National Flag Graphic
1914
Rumpler B.I
Reconnaissance Biplane
55
Picture of the Short Type 184
National Flag Graphic
1915
Short Type 184
Reconnaissance / Torpedo Bomber Floatplane
56
Picture of the Sopwith Baby
National Flag Graphic
1915
Sopwith Baby
Scout / Bomber Floatplane Aircraft
57
Picture of the Sopwith Tabloid
National Flag Graphic
1914
Sopwith Tabloid
Racing Biplane-Seaplane / Military Scout / Light Bomber Aircraft
58
Picture of the SPAD S.XIV
National Flag Graphic
1917
SPAD S.XIV
Floatplane / Seaplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft
59
Picture of the Stinson L-5 Sentinel
National Flag Graphic
1942
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Light Reconnaissance / Observation / Liaison Military Aircraft
60
Picture of the Supermarine Sea Otter
National Flag Graphic
1942
Supermarine Sea Otter
Amphibious Maritime Patrol Floatplane Aircraft
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61
Picture of the Vought FU-1
National Flag Graphic
1927
Vought FU-1
Shipboard Reconnaissance / Observation Floatplane
62
Picture of the Vought OS2U Kingfisher
National Flag Graphic
1940
Vought OS2U Kingfisher
Shipborne Reconnaissance / Scout Floatplane
63
Picture of the Vought VE-7 Bluebird
National Flag Graphic
1918
Vought VE-7 Bluebird
Biplane Fighter / Trainer Aircraft
64
Picture of the Yokosuka E14Y (Glen)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Yokosuka E14Y (Glen)
Submarine-borne Reconnaissance Floatplane Aircraft

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