The Largest Aircraft on Floats

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The Largest Aircraft on Floats

#1 Post by ian16th » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:39 pm

I asked myself a question that I couldn't answer. Not difficult!

What was/is the largest 'float plane'?

I know things are ambiguous in this area, but for the purpose of this question, I classify anything that floats on its hull, such as a Short Sunderland/Spruce Goose/Boeing 314 Clipper, as a 'flying boat'. Thus not qualifying.
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#2 Post by CharlieOneSix » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:15 pm

How about the CANT Z.511 - 130ft 9in wingspan and 75,240lbs MAUW
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#3 Post by ian16th » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:36 pm

Yep! A good one.

Maybe too good. If it can't be bettered the thread dies with it #:-S
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#4 Post by CharlieOneSix » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:38 pm

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#5 Post by Sisemen » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:54 pm

May not be the largest, but certainly the fastest :D
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#6 Post by Pontius Navigator » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:46 pm

Charlie 16, that looks more like a single hull therefore it is a flying boat.

Sise that is definitely a boat or are you claiming it's a float? :)

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#7 Post by Ex-Ascot » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:48 pm

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#8 Post by ian16th » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:10 pm

That is a 'Flying Boat' in my book.
It lands on its hull, its floats are just stabilisers.

As I said earlier, it looks like C16 got it in one, and killed of what thought was an interesting thread.

But I've been wrong before, someone do it again.
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#9 Post by Sisemen » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:51 pm

Still reckon the Concorde could’ve cracked it with enough shackles holding it on and a long enough run. :D

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#10 Post by llondel » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:27 am

Sisemen wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:51 pm
Still reckon the Concorde could’ve cracked it with enough shackles holding it on and a long enough run. :D
It would have been OK until it tried to break through the soundThames Barrier

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