flying boat


Definition of flying boat

: a seaplane with a hull designed for floating

Examples of flying boat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 1930s was also the heyday of the flying boat—a bulky vessel whose fuselage acted as the hull, floating it when the plane was in the water. Barbara Peterson, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 Curtiss never looked back, fielding one superb flying boat design after another. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 The first airline flight in America was a 23-minute jaunt across Tampa Bay in 1914, on which a single passenger joined the pilot in a noisy, windy open-cockpit Benoist flying boat. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2021 At the same time, Imperial Airways' flying boat, the Caledonia, flew the route from east to west in fifteen hours and twenty-eight minutes, averaging 132 miles per hour. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 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., 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., 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of flying boat

1913, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2021

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“Flying boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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