This work is a comprehensive, heavily illustrated history of the many flying boats and amphibious aircraft designed and built in the United States. It is divided into three chronological sections: the early era (1912–1928), the golden era (1928–1945), and the post-war era (1945–present), with historical overviews of each period. Within each section, individual aircraft types are listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer or builder, with historical background, technical specifications, drawings, and one or more photographs. Appendices cover lesser known flying boat and amphibian types as well as various design concepts that never achieved the flying stage.
Beginning with races that were staged at elegant French resorts in the early part of the century, flying boats and seaplanes have played an integral part in aviation history. World War I spurred the development of these machines, and by the 1930s, flying boats and seaplanes had become pioneers in transcontinental flight. This photo-filled history recalls the role of flying boats and seaplanes in civil and military aviation history, and the enthusiasm of the engineers and pilots who are associated with their development. In addition to the golden years of hydraviation prior to World War II, author Nicolaou examines the decline of the seaplane, and its subsequent renaissance in nations that are today considered seaplane paradises. The saga is illustrated by more than 200 rare photographs uncovered in archives around the globe.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 71. Chapters: Aichi E10A, Aichi E11A, Aichi H9A, Akaflieg Munchen Mu1 Vogel Roch, Beriev Be-12, Blohm & Voss BV 222, Boeing 314, Bombardier 415, Breguet 521, Canadair CL-215, Consolidated PB2Y Coronado, Consolidated PBY Catalina, Curtiss Model H, Dornier Do X, Dornier S-Ray 007, Dornier Seastar, Felixstowe F.5, Flying boat, Grumman G-44 Widgeon, Grumman G-73 Mallard, Grumman HU-16 Albatross, Hansa-Brandenburg CC, Harbin SH-5, Hiro H4H, Kawanishi H3K, Kawanishi H6K, Kawanishi H8K, Loire 130, Macchi M.3, Martin M-130, Martin P5M Marlin, Martin P6M SeaMaster, Pemberton-Billing P.B.1, Rohrbach Ro II, Saunders-Roe Princess, Savoia-Marchetti SM.62, ShinMaywa US-2, Shin Meiwa US-1A, Sikorsky S-36, Sikorsky S-38, Sikorsky S-39, Sikorsky S-40, Sikorsky S-42, Sikorsky S-43, Sikorsky VS-44, Singular SA03, Vickers Viking, Yokosuka H5Y. Excerpt: The Consolidated PBY Catalina was an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations. During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. Even today, over 70 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations all over the world. The designation "PBY" was determined in accordance with the U.S. Navy aircraft designation system of 1922; PB representing "Patrol Bomber" and Y being the code assigned to Consolidated Aircraft as...
For a time, the flying boat was seen as the way of the future. These aircraft, so strange and foreign to the modern mind, once criss-crossed the world and fulfilled essential military roles. In his latest book for Fonthill, Charles Bain looks at the golden age of the flying boat, when these sometimes strange and often beautiful vessels spanned the globe. These vessels-a combination of ship and airplane-found themselves working as patrol aircraft, passenger aircraft, transports, and even as combat aircraft. This volume contains their stories, from memorable aircraft such as the Short Sunderland and Boeing 314 Clipper, to the craft that roamed the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War, to forgotten giants from Saunders-Roe and even strange jet fighters that once landed like ducks. It even includes the flying boat that has not let time get in the way of doing its job-the Martin Mars. Each of these aircraft has a story worthy of the telling, and often a memorable role to play in the history of aviation. `High Hulls' delves deeply into a long-vanished part of aviation's golden age.
Author: United States. Bureau of Naval Weapons. Office of the Historian. Information Services Office
Contents:ethods of tending seaplanes:1941 Comment on British and American operational practices Notes on German flying boats and seaplane operations Aircraft and operational procedures Operational experience.
The development of compact, reliable and economical turbo-prop engines in recent years has given the flying boat and amphibian a new lease of life, not only by extending the lives of some types by replacing existing piston engines, but also by encouraging new designs that are able to compete favourably with landplanes in terms of economy while retaining their unique ability to land on water if and when necessary.
For as long as man has been able to fly, he has been interested in taking off and landing from the water. The surfaces of lakes and bays offered smooth, long, and perfectly level areas to serve as liquid runways, and could make for a somewhat softer landing in the event of a crash. This colorful volume tells the story of the seaplane, from the earliest floats to the monsters of World War II, to the brave little bushplanes that rule remote areas of Canada, South America, and Australia. Seaplanes developed right alongside regular aircraft; in fact, the Wright brother's trailblazing efforts at Kitty Hawk were very nearly eclipsed by an almost-airworthy seaplane, Samuel Pierpont Langley's experimental float plane of 1903, which crashed despite its apparent airworthiness. But it was the Wright brothers who prevailed that same year, and it wasn't long after their first successful flight that heavier-than-air travel became an everyday reality, from the sea as well as from land. The development of the seaplane not only reflected innovations of regular aircraft, but spurred key aviation innovations for all planes. Seaplanes were key participants in many of the flight competitions of the roaring twenties, and they played a formidable role in both world wars. Today, they continue to give travelers access to seemingly impossible-to-reach locales. This lavishly illustrated volume traces the development of the seaplane over the past century with first-hand accounts from pilots and passengers, and more than one hundred full-color and archival photographs. From Langley's Aerodrome to Curtiss' Flying Boat to the de Havilland Beaver so often used by bush pilots today, Seaplanes is an informative andengaging look at the planes that are as at home in the sea as they are in the sky.
A well-illustrated look at the beginnings of transoceanic aviation and the flying boats of Pan American that made it possible. In the 1930s these planes symbolized elegance and luxury, and changed everyone's concept of travel.