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Group Build 19: Flying Boats

A flying boat is any fixed-winged seaplane with a hull, allowing it to land on and take off from a body of water. Introduced in October 1901 by Wilhelm Kress with his Drachenflieger (which, due to insufficiently powerful engines, never actually left the water!), development lead to aircraft like the colourful Felixstowe F series operating in the final years of WW1, and culminated in the type’s Golden Era in the interwar years where flying boats became THE way to roam the globe. Many types saw service in WW2 and beyond, and whilst their heyday has long gone, there are still modern examples like the Shin Meiwa/ShinMaywa series and the Canadair CL-415.
Runs from 4 January to 24 April 2022.
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