It would be nice to fly in one of those beasts ! Sad that they aren't around anymore.
I often wonder why the development of big flying boats has completely ceased. Is it because they need a large water bodies and that limits their operations only to the coasts or to places with big rivers? or is there some other reason?
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
Not really more efficient (or they'd have built those runways in the first place in the 1920s and '30s) but the reliance on water became ever more a problem.
People who lived more than a short distance from the coast were effectively shut off from airtravel.
Then too aircraft size was limited. I doubt a flying boat much larger than the Boeing 314 would have been feasible for example.
Plus of course that in strong wind you couldn't operate because the waves were too high.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32736 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4040 times:
Miami-based regional airline Chalk's Ocean Airways still offers regulary scheduled commuter flights between South Florida and the Bahamas with Grunman Mallards. They are currently in the process of starting construction on a new airport terminal in downtown Miami to replace the old one.
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3932 times:
Chalks is now based in FLL.
The Miami terminal is still there but with Coast Guard regulations limiting the seaplanes and the cruise ships operations at the same time the station has been suspended since 9/11. There may be some movement on that over the next few weeks.
Also Chalks is looking at bringing back the G-111's with Turbine PW118As in the future along with the BE210 as a future option.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
very difficult to make an unscheduled landing in places like Iowa
Actually with the extra strengthening because of the hull you are a lot less likely to damage a hull on a ground landing. Figure everything that can get torn up like props and engines are mounted high.
Now try and land a Goose with the wheels down on water....and you will flip it, and most likely tear the airplane in half.
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