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