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Three Unusual Airplanes on Floats

12 January 2015

Three Unusual Airplanes on Floats

Douglas XC-47C — San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive Charles Daniels Collection photo

Impressive, and the potential to supply the plentiful remote bases during World War II was enticing, but this C-47 could only operate from calm waters. Douglas XC-47C — San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive Charles Daniels Collection photo

North American O-47A — San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive Charles Daniels Collection photo

Unsung for its work, the O-47 performed yeoman duty stateside during World War II. This O-47A had floats attached but little else could be found about this aircraft’s history. North American O-47A — San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive Charles Daniels Collection photo

Hall Aluminum XPTBH-2 — San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive Charles Daniels Collection photo

This aircraft design was ahead of other 1937 designs in many ways with aluminum tube and spar construction, powered nose gun position as well as flexible gun positions on either side as well as behind the cockpit. The XPTBH-2 could carry an external torpedo, or 2000 pounds of bombs within the bomb bay, but was not fast enough for the U.S. Navy as well as the concern that its beaching gear was problematic. The rate at which Seabees would construct airfields during World War II made the Navy’s decision to drop the design the correct one. Hall Aluminum XPTBH-2 — San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive Charles Daniels Collection photo

 

 

 

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