float·​plane | \ ˈflōt-ˌplān How to pronounce floatplane (audio) \

Definition of floatplane

: a seaplane supported on the water by one or more floats

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Only reachable by boat or floatplane, this 98% aquatic national park is centered around Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, one of the park’s seven tiny islands. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 The plane, a de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter floatplane, is similar to one operated by Promech Air that crashed into a rock face near Ella Lake in the Misty Fiords National Monument northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska, in 2015. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Small Plane Crashes in Alaska, All 11 Aboard Survive," 11 July 2018 So, while the restaurant is turning out rather predictable hotel food, the view of landing floatplanes is uniquely Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Out-of-town guests? Here’s where to take them to eat around Anchorage.," 31 May 2018 The lightly populated, heavily forested archipelago is a favorite weekend destination for mainlanders from Seattle and Vancouver, most of whom come by ferry and floatplane for a slower way of life. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "An Unmissable Outdoor Adventure in Canada’s Gulf Islands," 21 June 2018 Your chance to see plenty of bears is out on Admiralty Island, a short floatplane flight (or longer kayak trip) away. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Visiting Juneau is a capital idea," 3 May 2018 The facility had been used as a steamship depot, a floatplane base and a cannery. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Up to 3,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled in ‘critical habitat’ north of Kodiak," 28 Feb. 2018 Three tie votes in the remote Southeast town of Pelican could be decided by high-card draws — pulled from new decks flown in by floatplane. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaska politics roundup: High-card draws could decide Southeast elections, while Walker makes moves," 13 Oct. 2017 The project also involves doubling the number of floatplane slips Zelener owns on Lake Hood from nine to 18. Annie Zak, Alaska Dispatch News, "Lake Hood, Anchorage hot spot for floatplanes, will get three new hangars," 20 Sep. 2017

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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