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What Was The Last Great Flying Boat?

Wed Sep 05, 2001 11:25 am

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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RE: What Was The Last Great Flying Boat?

Wed Sep 05, 2001 11:38 am

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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RE: What Was The Last Great Flying Boat?

Wed Sep 05, 2001 11:46 am

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.
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RE: What Was The Last Great Flying Boat?

Wed Sep 05, 2001 4:48 pm

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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