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Flying Boats Days: the romantic days of flying the boats — by JR Hafer

14 August 2012

Flying Boats Days: the romantic days of flying the boats — by JR Hafer

Many readers of this blog keep a special place in their hearts for the aquatic variety of aircraft whether they are seaplanes, flying boats, float planes or amphibians. And there are as many reasons for this as their are variety.

They are a significant part of the Golden Age of Aviation when records were constantly made as well as broken. Pilots flying vast expanses of ocean with little to no airfields such as the Lindberghs and Tingmissartoq, the Lockheed Sirius they used as path finders Pacific air routes for Juan Trippe’s Pan American Airlines? Perhaps interest in the first transoceanic airline travel with luxuries such as smoking lounges and formal sitting during meal times? Maybe the duality of a craft that can operate in two fluid mediums — water as well as air? For many, including today’s pilots, the freedom to fly almost anywhere into the wild places to land and do business or simply enjoy remote places?

JR Hafer writes a blog, JRHAFER Aviation, which has varied and well written posts. One post especially stands out to me, the one entitled Flying Boats Days: the romantic days of flying the boats, since it is an impassioned and informative essay about the what and the why of flying boats before as well as during the Golden Age of Aviation. Reading his essay will recall the aircraft and the times of that glorious era for the reader — and warm that special place kept for the aquatic aircraft of the past.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 August 2012 07:46

    As usual Joe you have hit a home run with me! When I first saw your post yeasterday I was flattered but unsure if I should comment. Thank you Joe, I follow your lead.
    It is a real shame, that the “romantic days” of the Pan Am Clipper Service had to pass so quickly. But that was mostly due to it’s own progress and the on-set of WW II… Those were the aviation “Walton” days …
    Thanks again. JR Hafer

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      15 August 2012 08:50

      Hi JR,

      I didn’t mean to take you aback … we pretty much just “calls em as we sees em” around here 😉

      It is an especially nice piece you wrote and thought it good to do my bit to help get it out there.



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