Blackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11559 times:
I'm wondering if it's possible with modern day technology to operate large jet-powered seaplanes and flying boats? It would allow far larger airplane designs since there wouldn't be as many restrictions on footprint pressure, and airplane dimensions.
Alternatively, operating within standard footprint pressure and runway size requirements, it could be fitted with retractable gears, and be able to land on water in the gears up configuration producing an 'amphibious' design. The Russians built such a type of design with high-mounted jet-engines that worked apparently with some degree of success. Such an amphibious design could operate out of every single runway that a regular jet-plane could operate out of AND could operate in the water. It could open up a whole new range of places to operate out of, including the Carribean and such.
The biggest issue that I see would be night-landings. The best idea I've thought of is using some type of radar-altimeter design that could determine the height of the swells and waves.
MDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11543 times:
There are four major obstacles that need to be overcome:
1) Calm water. Seaplanes need calm water to operate in. Although common in inland lakes, calm water is not very common anywhere else. Relatively calm winds that don't even bother runway operations makes water choppy. You need sheltered harbors to operate large sea planes out of... or good luck regarding the weather.
2) Take-off speed. Getting a Goose or Cessna off water at 65 knots is one thing. Getting a large jet up to 155 knots is another. Water creates much more drag then tires do. Any large jet would need a huge surplus of power to get up to take off sped on water.
3) Safety. Landing and taking off on water is dangerous. Very dangerous. Screw up a landing and plant a wheel hard on the runway and you'll most likely get away with it. Plant a pontoon hard in water and you'll spin the plane around that wing. Not a good thought at 155.
4) Availability. Most large cities don't have large land-able bodies of water nearby that are conspicuously empty of sea traffic. Neither Boeing nor Airbus would be likely to develop a new transport category aircraft for such a narrow market.
Starglider From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 690 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11541 times:
In the late 1950s a large jet powered seaplane was flown and saw limited operational service. It was the Martin P6M Seamaster:
Martin P6M Seamaster
They were effectively seagoing B-52s, having a small crew of four and a gross take-off weight of 160,000 lbs (72,575 kgs). The technology involved in its design was the latest known and included four Pratt & Whitney J75-P-2 turbojet engines of 17,500 lbs (7,938 kgs) thrust mounted on top of a highly swept shoulder-mounted drooped wing which had a span of 100 ft (30.48 m).
The tactical concept behind the Seamaster was that it could operate in small numbers and be refueled and rearmed by submarines or other small naval craft. It was undoubtedly the most sophisticated flying boat ever constructed.
And here is something that might interest you regarding development of a six-engined hull-type supersonic seaplane:
ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11532 times:
Check out the Russians,
Theyre the ones that experimented with Jet powered sea planes alot. (not to mention "ground effect" flyers aka Ekronaplans).
Anywho as one who's flown a floatplane (C185) and a seaplane (G-44 Widgeon) I can say that yes, screwing up a landing on floats, it'll ruin your day. Regarding a hulled aircraft, its also wise to be soft on the landing, but Its more forgiveable.
Also, look into the Boeing 314's of the 30's. Stick some jets on there and ya might have an idea, but along with floats/hulls come ALOT of drag, not only on the surface of the water but also inflight.