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The 'Flying Boat' is a largely overlooked aircraft group in modern times despite playing 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 [ 62 ] Flying Boats 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 40
National Flag Graphic
1918
Aeromarine 40
Flying Boat Trainer Biplane Aircraft
2
Picture of the Aeromarine 75
National Flag Graphic
1923
Aeromarine 75
Passenger Flying Boat
3
Picture of the AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
National Flag Graphic
2022
AVIC AG-600 / TA-600
Flying Boat / Amphibious Aircraft
4
Picture of the Benoist XIV (Type XIV)
National Flag Graphic
1914
Benoist XIV (Type XIV)
Flying Boat Airliner
5
Picture of the Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
National Flag Graphic
1961
Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
Maritime Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
6
Picture of the Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
National Flag Graphic
1961
Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
Maritime Patrol / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
7
Picture of the Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
National Flag Graphic
1935
Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
8
Picture of the Beriev Be-200 Altair
National Flag Graphic
2003
Beriev Be-200 Altair
Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft
9
Picture of the Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
National Flag Graphic
1989
Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
Amphibious Maritime Patrol / ASW Aircraft
10
Picture of the Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
National Flag Graphic
1972
Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
Amphibious Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft Prototype
11
Picture of the Blackburn B.20
National Flag Graphic
1940
Blackburn B.20
Flying Boat Prototype Aircraft
12
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon)
National Flag Graphic
1940
Blohm and Voss Bv 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon)
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
13
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
Long Range Reconnaissance / Transport Flying Boat
14
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238
National Flag Graphic
1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 238
Flying Boat Aircraft
15
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv P.111
National Flag Graphic
1940
Blohm and Voss Bv P.111
Asymmetric Maritime Patrol / Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft Proposal
16
Picture of the Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
National Flag Graphic
1939
Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
Long-Range Flying Boat Aircraft
17
Picture of the Canadair CL-215
National Flag Graphic
1969
Canadair CL-215
Fire-Fighting Amphibious Aircraft
18
Picture of the CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
National Flag Graphic
1936
CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
19
Picture of the Caproni Ca.4
National Flag Graphic
1918
Caproni Ca.4
Triple-Engine Heavy Bomber Triplane Aircraft
20
Picture of the CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
National Flag Graphic
1979
CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
Ground Effect Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft
21
Picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
National Flag Graphic
1940
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
Maritime Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
22
Picture of the Consolidated PBY Catalina
National Flag Graphic
1936
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Long-Range Maritime Patrol Flying Boat
23
Picture of the Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor
National Flag Graphic
1939
Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor
Maritime Patrol Aircraft / Flying Boat Aircraft
24
Picture of the CONVAIR Skate
National Flag Graphic
1949
CONVAIR Skate
Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
25
Picture of the Curtiss H-16
National Flag Graphic
1917
Curtiss H-16
Seaplane / Flying Boat Aircraft
26
Picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
National Flag Graphic
1918
Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
Long-Range Flying Boat Biplane Aircraft
27
Picture of the Curtiss Wanamaker (Model T / Model 3)
National Flag Graphic
1916
Curtiss Wanamaker (Model T / Model 3)
Four-Engine Triplane Flying Boat Aircraft
28
Picture of the Dornier Do 18
National Flag Graphic
1938
Dornier Do 18
Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
29
Picture of the Dornier Do 214 (P.192)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Dornier Do 214 (P.192)
Long-Range Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft Proposal
30
Picture of the Dornier Do 24
National Flag Graphic
1937
Dornier Do 24
Reconnaissance / Transport / Search and Rescue Flying Boat
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31
Picture of the Dornier SeaStar
National Flag Graphic
2020
Dornier SeaStar
Multirole Amphibious Aircraft
32
Picture of the Felixstowe F.2
National Flag Graphic
1917
Felixstowe F.2
Flying Boat Aircraft
33
Picture of the Felixstowe F.5
National Flag Graphic
1918
Felixstowe F.5
Reconnaissance Flying Boat
34
Picture of the Felixstowe Fury (Porte Super-Baby)
National Flag Graphic
1918
Felixstowe Fury (Porte Super-Baby)
Five-Engine Triplane Flying Boat Aircraft
35
Picture of the Grumman Goose (G-21)
National Flag Graphic
1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
Multirole Flying Boat Aircraft
36
Picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross
National Flag Graphic
1949
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
Flying Boat / Utility Transport Aircraft
37
Picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
National Flag Graphic
1986
Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
Amphibious Flying Boat / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
38
Picture of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
National Flag Graphic
1945
Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
Heavy-Lift Transport / Flying Boat Prototype
39
Picture of the Junkers Ju 52
National Flag Graphic
1932
Junkers Ju 52
Tri-Motor Transport / Medium Bomber Aircraft
40
Picture of the Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
National Flag Graphic
1946
Kawanishi H11K Soku (Blue Sky)
Heavy Flying Boat / Transport Proposal
41
Picture of the Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
National Flag Graphic
1938
Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
42
Picture of the Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
National Flag Graphic
1942
Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
Reconnaissance / Bomber Flying Boat Aircraft
43
Picture of the Kawanishi K-200
National Flag Graphic
1946
Kawanishi K-200
Long-Ranged, Jet-Powered Flying Boat Aircraft Proposal
44
Picture of the Kawanishi KX-3
National Flag Graphic
1946
Kawanishi KX-3
Very-Heavy Flying Boat Project
45
Picture of the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Amphibious Capability (MAC)
National Flag Graphic
2027
Lockheed Martin MC-130J Amphibious Capability (MAC)
Tactical Transport Flying Boat Proposal
46
Picture of the Lun (Ekranoplan)
National Flag Graphic
1987
Lun (Ekranoplan)
Ground Effect Flying Boat / Anti-Ship Warfare Aircraft
47
Picture of the Macchi M.7
National Flag Graphic
1918
Macchi M.7
Flying Boat Fighter / Pilot Trainer Biplane Aircraft
48
Picture of the Martin JRM Mars
National Flag Graphic
1943
Martin JRM Mars
Flying Boat Aircraft
49
Picture of the Martin P5M Marlin
National Flag Graphic
1952
Martin P5M Marlin
Maritime Service Flying Boat Aircraft
50
Picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster
National Flag Graphic
1955
Martin P6M SeaMaster
Jet-Powered Flying Boat
51
Picture of the Martin PBM Mariner
National Flag Graphic
1941
Martin PBM Mariner
Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
52
Picture of the Saunders-Roe A.27 London
National Flag Graphic
1936
Saunders-Roe A.27 London
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
53
Picture of the Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
National Flag Graphic
1939
Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
54
Picture of the Saunders-Roe A.37 (Shrimp)
National Flag Graphic
1939
Saunders-Roe A.37 (Shrimp)
Four-Engine Flying Boat Research Aircraft
55
Picture of the Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
National Flag Graphic
1947
Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
Experimental Flying Boat Fighter
56
Picture of the Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
National Flag Graphic
1971
Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
Maritime Search and Rescue / Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Flying Boat Aircraft
57
Picture of the ShinMaywa US-2
National Flag Graphic
2007
ShinMaywa US-2
Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft
58
Picture of the Short S25 Sunderland
National Flag Graphic
1938
Short S25 Sunderland
Long-Range Maritime / Reconnaissance Flying Boat
59
Picture of the Short S45 Solent
National Flag Graphic
1946
Short S45 Solent
Flying Boat Passenger Airliner
60
Picture of the Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
National Flag Graphic
1935
Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
Flying Boat / Amphibious Transport Aircraft
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61
Picture of the Supermarine Stranraer
National Flag Graphic
1937
Supermarine Stranraer
Reconnaissance Flying Boat Aircraft
62
Picture of the Supermarine Walrus (Seagull)
National Flag Graphic
1935
Supermarine Walrus (Seagull)
Search and Rescue / Reconnaissance Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft

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