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What Was The Last Great Flying Boat?  
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 42
Posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Besides the smattering of small flying boats serving the Keys, Alaska, and other regions, what was the last large (20+) passenger-carrying flying boat? And what was the last large cargo-carrier?

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

The last great flying boat are the Martin Mars operated on Sprout Lake BC. I think thay are to be retired this year though.
I think that the last PAX operated was the Netherlands Flying Boats (?) Short Solent (?) into the 1970s.

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User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34610 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2672 times:

If I'm not mistaken, Chalk's Ocean Airways is re-storing thier fleet of 31-passenger Grunmans to put them into service. Right now they own 13 seaplanes, three of them flying (but the three flying are only 17-passengers) routes between Ft. Lauderdale/FLL, Miami Seaplane Port/MPB, Paradise Island (Nassau)/PIB, Freeport (FPO), Bimini/???, and Walker's Cay/???. They hope to expand to Orlando, Key West, and West Palm Beach soon.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Chalks with their Grumman Albatross flights.

Other then that there is that guy up in Maine that does have that DC-3 on floats for personal use.

The last widespread use of a large aircraft in schedualed service other then the Chalks Albatrosses and Mallards would probably have to go to the PBY's that where converted for passenger service that where operated in Southeast Alaska until the early 1970's when the airports where built at Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau.

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