posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 05:50 PM
I've always been a huge fan of seaplanes!
My dream is to one day have enough money to get my pilots license, learn to fly seaplanes, and eventually purchase and rebuild/outfit a Grumman
Albatross-type plane. It's actually the kind of plane that Jimmy Buffett owns and flies, and I actually saw him land it before his concert when I
was in Miami.
I also saw a show about a retired couple that own an Albatross and pretty much live out of it. They just fly around the country to different lakes
and camp out and everything. There's just something fascinating to me about being able to land in relatively-calm waters anywhere in the world,
where you're not confined to landing at airports. Not to mention the fact that if you choose to you can also land an Albatross on a runway.
I also read there is a large event every year for the Grumman Albatross owners (it may not be exclusive to just Grumman, but I forget) out west. I
believe it's in Colorado or Idaho somewhere. Anyway, in addition to a bunch of events, they will teach and certify you how to fly a seaplane. And
you'll actually get hours in the cockpit of a real seaplane, which is something rare considering how few in numbers they are these days.
Anyway... if you're into seaplanes, you have to check out the ones that the Soviet Union made during the height of the Cold War. I forget what
they're called, but they are gigantic and were going to be used for troop transport and landings. They were JET POWERED and also able to fire cruise
missiles! A few of them still exist to this day, but they are somewhere rotting away. The funding just wasn't there after a while and they were
forced to abandon the project.
I also recall reading about Iran producing a fighter-type seaplane. It basically looked like a fighter jet on water skis, from what I remember.
I apologize for blabbing all of this info strictly from memory and without providing any links, but I just don't have any! But if you're interested
in any of these topis, I'm certain a Google search will lead you in the right direction as that is where I read about most of what I've discussed.
Although I learned about the Soviet seaplanes on a History Channel program about secret Soviet weapons, I believe.
Anyway.... I was really glad to see this topic! Let's keep it going, guys!