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By E. R. Johnson

This paintings is a accomplished, seriously illustrated background of the various flying boats and amphibious plane designed and inbuilt 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 ancient overviews of every interval. inside of each one part, person plane varieties are indexed in alphabetical order through producer or builder, with historic history, technical standards, drawings, and a number of photos. Appendices conceal lesser identified flying boat and amphibian forms in addition to a number of layout strategies that by no means completed the flying level.

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When flown in mid-1919, general performance was impressive for such low horsepower, but the type’s erratic water handling characteristics caused it to be judged unsat­ isfactory. The Navy expressed little interest in the VE-10 and efforts to sell it commercially were unsuccessful. This would be Vought’s one and only flying boat venture. 54 American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft Loening Aeronautical Engineering Co. Grover C. Loening, one o f the great pioneers o f water-borne flight, became America’s first for­ mally educated aeronautical engineer upon receiving his M aster’s Degree in Aeronautics from Columbia University in 1911.

Part I: The Early Era, 1912-1928 51 Also referred to as the “Amphibiplane,” the Ireland Neptune was a single-bay, wire-braced biplane with a pusher engine mounted between the cabanes. Construction o f the two-step hull con­ sisted of a steel tube framework covered in Alclad, while the wing and tail groups were conven­ tional fabric-covered wooden structures. For water operations, the landing gear could be manually cranked-up, perpendicular to the hull. The 4-place N-1B Neptune (no N-1A mentioned) was first flown in 1927 with a 220-hp W right J-5 engine and open cockpits for the pilot and passengers.

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