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    Default An ugly airplane, new to me.

    The Douglas Dolphin. Here in Coast Guard service. The Dolphin was the first airplane purchased for Presidential use. FDR, but he never used it, and the NAVY used it as a transport.

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    A Philip Bolger design?

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    Ugly?
    Nah, this is ugly!

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    Default Re: An ugly airplane, new to me.

    Crop dusters obey the same rules of beauty as combine harvesters.
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    I sort'a like the way they stuck that extra wing between the engines. The whole thing is not really ugly at all, to me, anyway. Now that thing in #2 is a whole 'nuther breed of cat. Seen it before. The ladder stuck on the side should'a given them a clue that maybe wind resistance might be getting out of hand. How 'bout if ther pilot just throws out a knotted rope in order to get out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    Crop dusters obey the same rules of beauty as combine harvesters.
    I've seen better looking combines!

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    ^^ Well, there's the Gleaner featuring a minimum of galvanized sheet metal covering the innards, and then there's the John Deer offering with smooth sheet metal covering everything.

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    Default Re: An ugly airplane, new to me.

    That's form following function. For sailors and pilots there is nothing more fun than a flying boat (and an amphib as well).
    The hardest thing maybe is getting the engines someplace where they won't get drowned. For some footage of an amphib swallowing water have a look at a movie: Peter O'toole in "Murphy's War" on YouTube. I think it's a Grumman Duck.
    Cheers/ JC

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    Default Re: An ugly airplane, new to me.

    those dealing with boats have little cause speaking about beauty as the term "butt ugly" is a far better fit for some . most anything with density lower than one will float but the air has much tighter rules. amphibians face even tighter working rules.

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    Default Re: An ugly airplane, new to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesCaird View Post
    That's form following function. For sailors and pilots there is nothing more fun than a flying boat (and an amphib as well).
    The hardest thing maybe is getting the engines someplace where they won't get drowned. For some footage of an amphib swallowing water have a look at a movie: Peter O'toole in "Murphy's War" on YouTube. I think it's a Grumman Duck.
    Cheers/ JC
    Crazy funny watching him try to take off downwind....great flick

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    Default Re: An ugly airplane, new to me.

    The floatplane landing strip at Kenora ended just before the starting line for the rowing races. Until you adjusted to the planes cutting back on throttle and/or pitch on the prop once they were airborne one kept looking up for the plane that was going to join you in the boat.

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