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Would the 'Saunders Row Princess' flying boat have solved the additional runway question?

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  • Would the 'Saunders Row Princess' flying boat have solved the additional runway question?


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Answer #1 | 17/12 2013 19:34
Not really. Firstly, there are places where flying boat cannot go; landing in the center of Denver, for instance. Second, getting to a terminal from water, and transferring flight would be somewhat nightmarish. As would be in between flights ground maintenance and servicing. Also, flyng boat have a maximum wave height they can be operated from, so either weather has to be mild, or the take-off and landing zone has to be protected from the open water by a wave breaker of some sort. Operation in wintertime would also be problematic...
Answer #2 | 18/12 2013 01:48
Flying boats are too slow to be considered nowadays. The fuselage profile needed makes them as aerodynamic as a brick.
Answer #3 | 18/12 2013 02:26
No The plane has to be built too strongly to be able to land on water rather than land and thus is too heavy When the water is rough they cannot land They were tried and used when fewer people were flying. For the above main 2 reasons they will not work now

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