High Steppes of Eastern Washington
That is a hard sell for that poor SeaBee. Trying to compact that ancient coral into a hard stand must have been a real job.
"Flying Boats" were super cool! There are videos on You Tube covering most of the better known models.View attachment 20855
It was often joked that the PBY aka Catalina or Albatross didn't fly by the watch they used a calendar .
A quick search didn't turn up the story I thought I had heard but several others ....... Talk about a flying gas tank , they had a mail/passenger run in Australia that took 28-32 hours .
The Japanese didn't much care for them . The crew of one scored the first air to air combat kill of a Zero by the Navy entering WWII . I didn't know they were used as torpedo bombers and gun ships .....
Martin Mariner. Much larger plane IIRC. There was a whole mess of flying boats from the 20's through the 50's. I don't think there were any made after then.PBY Catalina was a cool plane. Kinda armored amphibious tank. Anti-aircraft/ship strafing/rescue missions. Martin built a larger and more 'modern' one but not much armament.
The flying boats were built to land in harbors and use the harbor facilities for the passengers where there were no large airports. Many harbors had the customs offices and train stations to act as a hub. World War II brought many new airports and expanded the existing airports. The commercial trade could use these airports after the war ended and large land planes became economically feasible. Lockheed, Boeing, Douglas, all built large four-engine aircraft to get a part of the trade. Then Boeing built the 707 and the world of passenger air travel changed forever.Martin Mariner. Much larger plane IIRC. There was a whole mess of flying boats from the 20's through the 50's. I don't think there were any made after then.