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By E. R. Johnson

ISBN-10: 0786439742

ISBN-13: 9780786439744

This paintings is a entire, seriously illustrated historical past of the numerous flying boats and amphibious airplane designed and in-built the us. it truly is divided into 3 chronological sections: the early period (1912-1928), the golden period (1928-1945), and the post-war period (1945-present), with old overviews of every interval. inside every one part, person airplane varieties are indexed in alphabetical order through producer or builder, with old history, technical requisites, drawings, and a number of photos. Appendices conceal lesser recognized flying boat and amphibian forms in addition to numerous layout suggestions that by no means completed the flying degree.

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Length 27 ft. , w in g area 387 sq. ft. S. N avy’s standard sea­ plane trainer through the World War I-era and afterward. One o f the chief differences between the early F boats and the E was the internal construction o f the wings: the E wing was made up o f sep­ arate five foot panels between which the spars were hinged, whereas on Fs, the spars ran continu- 34 American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft ously from root to tip. S. Army in June 1912 originally as a landplane scout, then, following a change order issued in October, was reconfigured as a flying boat—the Army’s first.

Total produced: 1 Powerplant: one 60-hp Curtiss 8-cylinder water-cooled engine driving two two-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propellers via a chain drive. Performance: none. Weights: not reported. Dimensions: span 26 ft. , length 20 ft. ), wing area 236 sq. ft. ). Following successful hydroplane (floatplane) experiments in 1911, Glenn Curtiss sought to move water-borne flight a step further by adapting a set o f the four-bay biplane wings and boom empen- Part I: The Early Era, 1912-1928 29 nage from the model D landplane to a boat hull.

Range 1,470 mi. Armament: proposed but none installed. Weights: 15,874 lbs. empty, 28,000 lbs. loaded. Dimensions: span (upper) 126 ft. , length 68 ft. , wing area 2,380 sq. ft. The NC-4 completed the first crossing o f the Atlantic Ocean by any aircraft when it reached England on May 31, 1919, following a 51-hour, 31-minute flight which had originated from Rockaway Beach, New York. Popularly known as “Nancy Boats,” the NC (Navy-Curtiss) class stemmed from a mid-1917 Navy requirement for a flying boat that possessed transatlantic range for extended submarine patrols.

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