New amphibians rely on historic designs

IN THE BEGINNING: The Curtiss Crane of 1924 was built on the concept of an earlier Elias conversion of the Curtiss MF flying boat.

IN THE BEGINNING: The Curtiss Crane of 1924 was built on the concept of an earlier Elias conversion of the Curtiss MF flying boat. Photo courtesy Museum of Flight.

EARLY SUCCESS: The Loening COA1 was the second prototype of this amphibian for the Army. This photo was probably taken at McCook Field near Dayton, Ohio.
EARLY SUCCESS: The Loening COA1 was the second prototype of this amphibian for the Army. This photo was probably taken at McCook Field near Dayton, Ohio. Photo courtesy Museum of Flight.

By DENNIS PARKS

It was recently reported that an aging fleet of seaplanes is prompting several companies to come forward with new or renewed seaplane designs.

Aircraft mentioned include Viking Air’s new-production Twin Otter, the reborn Grumman Goose by Antilles Seaplanes, and the new design Dornier Seastar amphibian.

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