April 9, 2009
I know this little flying boat came out a while back, an geez its not the first one in history but what the point of it militarilly to build squadrons of it? All I can figure out is its possibly a Kamikaze plane or extra light torpedo bomber (for dropping a krakatoa style explosive device). But it makes little sense if Iran doesn't have to face a navy. Their twin ruddered F-5 variant the HESA Saegheh makes more sense to me (cheap to produce with many pilots including an Iranian F-5 Ace already trained on F-5s)
October 3, 2010
I would be they are for attacking ships.
Since they are out of the water they can accelerate, turn and such MUCH more and faster than a ship.
They are small and not very technically significant, so they are cheap to produce.
Of course, I am not sure they would survive if a flight of f-18's shot them all down from 100 miles away.
Those are so cool! HOWEVER...they're not 'flying boats' in the sense we're used to.
1) They're not Stealth tech.
2) They're not airplanes.
3) They're cheaply made.
4) They're not capable of carrying a nuclear payload.
5) It's doubtful one could carry an Exocet (or newer) anti-ship missile.
6) Getting your turban caught in it would ruin your day.
1) They're probably cheap to obtain or manufacture.
2) They really, truly look like fun rides.
3) A turban getting caught in it could make your day.
4) They'll make great Phalanx System practice.
5) If actually used for warfare, they'll make good comic relief.
6) If you break a prop, it shouldn't take long to carve a new one...
Some true 'flying boats' to look up: Boeing 314, Consolidated PBY Catalina, Grumman Albatross, Hughes Hercules, Martin 130 + Mariner + Mars, Short Sunderland, Sikorsky S.42. Those were the real deal (especially the first one), happy surfing!
September 4, 2009
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