An airplane that can land
on and take off from water. The first practical seaplane was built in the
USA by Glen Curtiss in 1911. There are type
main types of seaplane. Floatplanes have large floats that
support the fuselage above the water. Flying boats float
on their boat-shaped hulls, with small floats supporting the wings. In the
1930s flying boats carried more passengers than any other type of aircraft.
Some floatplanes and flying boats are fitted with wheels so that they can
take off and land on ground as well as water; such aircraft are called amphibians.
|The Hughes Hercules was the largest seaplane ever
built. It was made of wood and took to the air for the first and only
time in 1947. It had a wingspan of 94.49 m (312 ft) and was powered
by eight 3,000 h.p. engines
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission