The use of seaplanes as an advanced weapon system
Platzer, Max Franz
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In this thesis the military potential of giant seaplanes as carriers of fighter/attack aircraft is considered. After a survey of past seaplane developments possible scenarios to demonstrate the utility of seaplane carriers are discussed. This is followed by preliminary seaplane sizing, design, and operational considerations. It is concluded that a fleet of Boeing 747-size amphibian planes carrying one or two F-5-size fighter/attack planes offers new and attractive military possibilities that merit further evaluation.
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