Low wing amphib/floats?

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  1. 455 Bravo Uniform

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    Does anything like this exist?

    It’s snowing outside and I was wondering this in the beauty and boredom of it all.
     
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    This Beech 18 can be found at Pirate Cove marina on the Colorado River, just north of the I-40 bridge.

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    Piper marketed a PA-28S-160/180 Cherokee, and a PA-32S-300 Cherokee Six floatplane option. Not fun to taxi to and tie up at a dock, though. :rolleyes:

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    There's also the Piper Aztec Nomad, developed by Melridge Aviation at Vancouver WA, in the 1960s ...

    http://www.aztecnomad.com/
     
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    That's a cool photo! :cool:
     
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    DC-3's :
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    Your photo of the C-47C made me do a search about it. A link to an informative story is posted below. Edo made the floats. They are huge, each weighing over 2,000 lbs.

    There was a 325 gallon fuel tank in each float, probably just enough to offset the drag penalty. :confused:

    The C-47C weighed 34,162 pounds and had several serious deficiencies. Pilots found the C-47C difficult to launch in rough water, and performed like a pogo stick when landing on anything but a mirror smooth body of water. It had a high tire failure on land, and was difficult to handle in a crosswind landing.

    The C-47C was slow on take-off and JATO bottles did little to improve its performance. The floats created much drag causing it to be about 30 mph slower than its sisters without floats.

    I think the aircraft was one of those wartime ideas that sounded good on paper. :D

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    http://dc3dakotahistory.org/c-47dakota-military/gooney-bird-gets-water-wings/
     
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    A few years ago this one was for sale at Campbell River on Vancouver Island. It had one run out engine. I think it might have been parted out.

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    What I liked best about Jack's Nomad, was the gear handle operated the water rudders.
     
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    Ehhh, what’s the worse that could come from that
     
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    The Japanese Aichi A13A-3S and Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu were WWII low wing seaplanes.

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    Had no idea...
     
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    Corvair XF2Y-1 Sea Dart

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    Yep ...
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    Put one of those on amphibs and see what the numbers come out to.
     
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    Then there’s this amphib floatplane with both high wing and low wing.


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    Back in the day when style and form defined function. I think these are Schneider Trophy Racing Aeroplanes[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Not a great pic but this is in the Air & Space Museum in DC. It’s a Lockheed Model 8 Sirius flown by Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne.

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    Also 16,000# max gross weight, but no type rating required.
     
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    Most of the original Waco’s had attachments for floats (mine still has them), but I don’t think there are any originals still on floats. Even the Raiders of the Lost Ark UBF-2 is no longer on floats.
     
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    I did not know that.
     
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    That would be so cool to pull up in a marina in a plane. That’s an Ercoup right?
     
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    Zenith CH601XL amphib...
     
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    That's a funny autocorrect fail. :D

    Development of the Convair Sea Dart was driven by the Navy's insistence they would have a jet powered supersonic seaplane fighter. It was a total failure. There is a Sea Dart on a stick outside San Diego's Air and Space Museum, along with a Lockheed A-12, an early iteration of the SR-71.

    The Ercoupe on floats posted above looks really cool. Although the floats appear to be small and lightweight, you hafta wonder if the 90 HP Continental engine could drag it into the sky. :confused:
     
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    Fly baby on floats:

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    Flybaby under floats :)
     
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    I bet it could. I flew a 90 hp Aircoupe (final iteration of the Ercoupe) while I was a flight instructor on various Cessnas and Citabrias. It outran the 150s every which way, and 150s have carried floats.
     
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    This so epitomizes my day sometimes.
     
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    Is it now a high wing?
     
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    ^both of those are planes I've always felt would be a cool thing to add to a plane collection when I get weird(er) and obscenely wealthy some day. Where Jay Leno has his car collection, I'd have a plane collection.. but I digress

    I discovered this plane's existence a long time ago (10 years?) when I was getting lost on YouTube on Russian ekranoplan videos.. always seemed that having an IO360 on there was underpowered... Imagine if you threw some TSIO-550 powerplants up there?!
     
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    N7375W, the Cherokee 180 in the photo above, is the only PA-28S still on the registry; and there are three PA-32Ss -- but no indication which, if any of them, are still on floats.
     
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    The C-47C is one big boi... It goes to say, not every plane should've been built.