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What happened? Where did the seaplanes go? All that seems to be left is shitty and less reliable floatplanes...
We built runways and better landing gear.
Sadly, sea planes became obsolete.
dang gubbermint illuminatis took em away
c-123 provider

best plane evar
In July I got to go in a PBY for a 3 hour flight.
And...? Don't leave us hanging over here
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The US-2 has a huge range and could be used to reach remote islands that don't have airports.

Like for example, St Helena has an airport now, but Tristan de Cunha doesn't (and probably never will). Using the US-2 to link it with Cape Town would make sense to me, from a supply, emergency evac, and tourism perspective.
it was pretty sketchy since the plane makes so much rattling and racket. Overall it was a good experience though. The plane is very very bumpy too and comfort is nonexistent. It's almost like being on a ship in rough seas.
Didn't they plan to civilize the US-2 for regular air link between Tokyo and Bonin Islands?
Don't know. That'd be a good use case though.
Isn't the airport in St. Helena almost unusable because of the wind?
They figured it out.

There's an account from an E190 pilot that the sheer wasn't a problem for the aircraft. Modern systems can account for it once you know what you're dealing with.
It is unusable to the original airlines that bid for the service with pilots not familiar with such situation and using the 737-800 aircraft.
As soon as other airlines with more experienced pilot and a more suitable aircraft step in, the situation immediately become non-problem.
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Was faster than the B-52 and low level all the way -- could refuel from a submarine or a landing dock ship on the way -- would have been a better bomber
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What happens to these planes during a storm? They get hauled to a dry dock or something?

Depends how bad the storm is. They're amphibious, so they can be ramped out and tied down or hangared if the storm is bad enough. It's also a fucking airplane, so if you know the weather's coming (i.e. a hurricane) you could just crank up and GTFO before it gets there.

One trick I was taught to do if you're beached out in the boonies in a float plane and a nasty storm comes over the horizon, is to pump water into the float lockers to weigh the airplane down and hold it on the beach.
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"Battleship Chains" would have been the more relevant GS song, here
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KSP tier design
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This is were one went.
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Such a sexy jet too.
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>Seaplane thread
>Biggest of aquaboys hasn't been posted
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But seems like it would be too costly to civilize it
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Have some Catalina.
Seaplanes vanished because they're too limited. Few were built that could handle landing on solid ground. Also, floatplanes are immensely cheaper to produce. Most small aircraft can be retrofitted easily to a floatplane, whereas many seaplanes were unique top-to-bottom.
I don't know if it's the perspective, but that wing span is massive.
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>Not posting the best seaplane of all time.
Interestingly, the AN-42 has two small turbojets underneath the main engines that help with takeoff. None on the Be-200, though.
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That's where the 200 keeps its party trick.
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