flying boat

noun

Definition of flying boat

: a seaplane with a hull designed for floating

Examples of flying boat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, Calif., carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history - The Boston Globe," 22 Nov. 2019 In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the ‘‘Spruce Goose’’ by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California. BostonGlobe.com, "Today is Saturday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2019. There are 59 days left in the year.," 2 Nov. 2019 In 1935, Noonan was named the Navigation Officer for Pan American’s clipper service, largely working on the Martin M-130 flying boat China Clipper. Fox News, "Who was Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart's navigator?," 24 Aug. 2019 The previous wingspan leader was Howard Hughes’ World War II-era eight-engine H-4 Hercules flying boat — nicknamed the Spruce Goose. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lifts off from California," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of flying boat

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Flying boat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flying%20boat. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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