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"Pan Am Clipper" - I'm happy to have known Captain Dick Meade, an old Pan American pilot who flew these beauties birds from NY to the Amazon. They used the river as a runway. One time, as a co-pilot, he was out changing a wing tip light bulb and stepped through the wing. Quite a guy, was Capt. Meade... great sense of humor about himself and life in general. We'll not see the likes of him or these aircraft again.

Hiller X-18, 1959

OS2U Kingfisher at the edge of the seaplane ramp at NAS Pensacola, Florida, 1942. A Consolidated P2Y flying boat lays offshore. (Note the ladder/gangway up to the very tall OS2U.

Dornier Do 24

H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)

Dornier Do X

North American XF-108 Rapier by bagera3005.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Several types of amphibious aircraft produced by Grumman from 1933-1945.Most prominent were JF & J2F series,based on Grumman G-15 design,both carrying the name "Duck." 2-seat general-purpose scout & observation aircraft.Landing gear retracted into side of main pontoon,integral with fuselage.Grumman used same type of gear on many 1930s-era fighters,up to the F4F Wildcat.