flying boat


: a seaplane with a hull designed for floating

Examples of flying boat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iconic Boeing aircraft ranged from the stylish Boeing 314 flying boat to the B-17 and B-29 bombers that helped win World War II. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 And on a related note, if the name Sikorsky rings a bell, that’s because Igor’s grandfather, a Russian immigrant, earned renown building flying boats and making the helicopter viable. Hilary Nangle, Travel + Leisure, 4 July 2023 On April 26, 1983, 11 people were killed when a flying boat crashed during practice for an air show in Iwakuni, and 14 died a week earlier when two Air Self-Defense Force transports flying in formation crashed into an island in Ise Bay, according to the database. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 6 Apr. 2023 Poised on this side of the Atlantic ocean, ready for the first history-making flight, is an 82,500-pound, all-metal Boeing flying boat—the largest in the world-powered by four great engines and capable of flying 4,275 miles, non-stop, with full load. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 First unveiled in 1947, the flying boat was used for search and rescue by the United States Air Force, the US Navy and the US Coast Guard before the model was eventually retired in 1995. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2022 We are treated to a straight fight between Quaritch’s men, who are on board a flying boat equipped for the slaughter of whales, and Jake’s oceanic troops, roused to fury from their love of peace. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2022 Rival flying boat maker Artemis is testing its version in Belfast, while Hasselskog has held talks with authorities in Istanbul and across the Middle East. Wired, 15 July 2022 Here, after World War II, the quixotic — all right, yes, and the downright weird — aviator/producer/industrialist Howard Hughes built the enormous wooden flying boat that just about everyone but Hughes called the Spruce Goose. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022

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First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying boat was in 1913

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“Flying boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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flying boat

: a seaplane with a hull designed for floating

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