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Flying Boats

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

Flying Boats

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

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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 57 Flying Boats 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.





#1
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Aeromarine 40
Aeromarine 40
Flying Boat Trainer Biplane Aircraft
#2
1923
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Aeromarine 75
Aeromarine 75
Passenger Flying Boat
#3
2022
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
Flying Boat / Amphibious Aircraft
#4
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
Maritime Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
#5
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
Maritime Patrol / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#7
2003
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beriev Be-200 Altair
Beriev Be-200 Altair
Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft
#8
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
Amphibious Maritime Patrol / ASW Aircraft
#9
1972
National Flag Graphic
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
#10
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blackburn B.20
Blackburn B.20
Flying Boat Prototype Aircraft
#11
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon)
Blohm and Voss Bv 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon)
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#12
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
Long Range Reconnaissance / Transport Flying Boat
#13
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238
Blohm and Voss Bv 238
Flying Boat Aircraft
#14
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv P.111
Blohm and Voss Bv P.111
Asymmetric Maritime Patrol / Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft Proposal
#15
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
Long-Range Flying Boat Aircraft
#16
1936
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#17
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Caproni Ca.4
Caproni Ca.4
Triple-Engine Heavy Bomber Triplane Aircraft
#18
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
Ground Effect Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft
#19
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
#20
1936
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Consolidated PBY Catalina
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Long-Range Maritime Patrol Flying Boat
#21
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor
Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor
Maritime Patrol Aircraft / Flying Boat Aircraft
#22
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CONVAIR Skate
CONVAIR Skate
Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
#23
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss H-16
Curtiss H-16
Seaplane / Flying Boat
#24
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
Long-Range Flying Boat Biplane Aircraft
#25
1916
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss Wanamaker (Model T / Model 3)
Curtiss Wanamaker (Model T / Model 3)
Four-Engine Triplane Flying Boat Aircraft
#26
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dornier Do 18
Dornier Do 18
Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#27
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dornier Do 214 (P.192)
Dornier Do 214 (P.192)
Long-Range Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft Proposal
#28
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dornier Do 24
Dornier Do 24
Reconnaissance / Transport / Search and Rescue Flying Boat
#29
2020
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dornier SeaStar
Dornier SeaStar
Multirole Amphibious Aircraft
#30
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Felixstowe F.2
Felixstowe F.2
Flying Boat Aircraft
#31
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Felixstowe F.5
Felixstowe F.5
Reconnaissance Flying Boat
#32
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Felixstowe Fury (Porte Super-Baby)
Felixstowe Fury (Porte Super-Baby)
Five-Engine Triplane Flying Boat Aircraft
#33
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Grumman Goose (G-21)
Grumman Goose (G-21)
Multirole Flying Boat Aircraft
#34
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
Flying Boat / Utility Transport Aircraft
#35
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
Amphibious Flying Boat / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
#36
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
Heavy-Lift Transport / Flying Boat Prototype
#37
1932
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Junkers Ju 52
Junkers Ju 52
Tri-Motor Transport / Medium Bomber Aircraft
#38
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
Heavy Flying Boat / Transport Proposal
#39
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#40
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
#41
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kawanishi K-200
Kawanishi K-200
Long-Range Jet-Powered Flying Boat Aircraft Proposal
#42
1987
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Lun (Ekranoplan)
Lun (Ekranoplan)
Ground Effect Flying Boat / Anti-Ship Warfare Aircraft
#43
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Macchi M.7
Macchi M.7
Flying Boat Fighter / Pilot Trainer Biplane Aircraft
#44
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin JRM Mars
Martin JRM Mars
Flying Boat Aircraft
#45
1952
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin P5M Marlin
Martin P5M Marlin
Maritime Service Flying Boat Aircraft
#46
1955
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster
Martin P6M SeaMaster
Jet-Powered Flying Boat
#47
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin PBM Mariner
Martin PBM Mariner
Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#48
1936
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Saunders-Roe A.27 London
Saunders-Roe A.27 London
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#49
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#50
1947
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
Experimental Flying Boat Fighter
#51
1971
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
Maritime Search and Rescue / Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Flying Boat Aircraft
#52
2007
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ShinMaywa US-2
ShinMaywa US-2
Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft
#53
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Short S25 Sunderland
Short S25 Sunderland
Long-Range Maritime / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
#54
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Short S45 Solent
Short S45 Solent
Flying Boat Passenger Airliner
#55
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
Flying Boat / Amphibious Transport Aircraft
#56
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Supermarine Stranraer
Supermarine Stranraer
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
#57
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Supermarine Walrus (Seagull)
Supermarine Walrus (Seagull)
Search and Rescue / Reconnaissance Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft