Aviation - INTRODUCTION
EARLY HISTORY
THE 19TH CENTURY
KITTY HAWK AND AFTER
HISTORIC HEADLINES
WORLD WAR I AND AFTER
WORLD WAR II
AFTER WORLD WAR II
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Airplane
HOW AN AIRPLANE FLIES
SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
AIRPLANE STRUCTURE
Wings
Tail Assembly
Landing Gear
Control Components
Instruments
PROPULSION
TYPES OF AIRPLANES
Land Planes
Carrier-Based Aircraft
Seaplanes
Amphibians
Vertical Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Short Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Space Shuttle
CLASSES OF AIRPLANES
Commercial Airplanes
Military Airplanes
General-Aviation Aircraft
HISTORY
The First Airplane Flight
Early Military and Public Interest
Planes of World War I
Development of Commercial Aviation
Aircraft Developments of World War II
The Jumbo Jet Era

Seaplanes




Seaplanes | Amphibious Seaplanes | Transport People and Supplies in Rural Areas

Seaplanes

Seaplanes are used to transport people and supplies in rural areas. Some seaplanes can only touch down on water, while others, called amphibious seaplanes, can touch down on either water or land. The type of seaplane pictured here, called a floatplane, is a standard land plane fitted with pontoons instead of wheels. (Seaplanes, Amphibious Seaplanes, Transport People and Supplies in Rural Areas)

Seaplanes, sometimes called floatplanes or pontoon planes, are often ordinary land planes modified with floats instead of wheels so they can operate from water. A number of seaplanes have been designed from scratch to operate only from water bases. Such seaplanes have fuselages that resemble and perform like ship hulls. Known as flying boats, they may have small floats attached to their outer wing panels to help steady them at low speeds on the water, but the weight of the airplane is borne by the floating hull. (Seaplanes, Amphibious Seaplanes, Transport People and Supplies in Rural Areas)



Seaplanes | Amphibious Seaplanes | Transport People and Supplies in Rural Areas