Photo © Fyodor Borisov - Russian AviaPhoto Team
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There are a few examples of turbo-prop flying boats in the West, like the Canadair CL-415- where the engines are safely above any water spray.
Photo © Jean-Pierre Bonin
Would you ever see this sort of aircraft doing salt-water operations?
Would that be the reason why we don't see this sort of jet aircraft designed an built in the West?
Could it be used for civilian / passenger use?