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FLYING BOAT 'OUT-OF-PRINT' ARTICLE GALLERY

With the passage of time all things come and go, and none more so possibly than publications and magazines. What we all read today - in 40/50 years or so from now - will become 'historic' and out-of-print; yet being able to read them again today those same publications and articles hold a great deal of fascination for us flying boat enthusiasts about how things were at the time they were published, the technology and the issues faced. Today, we all know how it happened, but back then there were real challenges and reading their thoughts at the time is fascinating, together with the 'live' stories of flying boat adventures as the 'envelope-was-pushed', as they say. These articles are a wonderful source of photographs, drawings and details long ago consigned to the waste bin, for us modelers.

With this gallery, I have attempted to save for posterity those articles from certain publications that are today long-out-of-print, yet are worth saving so that future generations have the ability to read what it was all about, as written at the time it occurred and thus gain an idea of what it must have read like, at the time.

If you have access to any old flying boat articles, please consider sending scans into SEAWINGS for inclusion here.

Credits: Grateful thanks to Andy Doran, the late Brian Knock & John Barlow for their assistance in compiling this gallery.

Please Note: As stated within the website Terms and Conditions on the front page, it is not in any way my purpose to list anything here that is under current legal copyright; it is believed that anything listed here has been OOP for many, many years and is not available by direct purchase from the original publisher or by any other means - other than 'standard' pre-owned sales methods where a private owner is selling their own personal copy (on ebay for instance). For the full disclaimer, please read the Terms in full on the front page. The pdf's listed here are provided for 'own use' purposes, under 'Fair Rights' usage for the purpose of education, information and historical reference within private use and not for commercial or personal gain. If anyone has any objections, a simple email to SEAWINGS will suffice.)

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Felixstowe F.2A Out-of-Print Flying Boat Article Archive
'The Felixstowe Flying Boats '
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The complete and very detailed story of the design and development of the Felixstowe flying boat series by renowned author J. M. Bruce M.A.
 

Published: Flight magazine - Dec 1955

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'Felixstowe F.2A flying boats'
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Highly detailed article for modelers - with plans - by C. Rupert Moore, A.R.C.A.
 

Published: Scale Models magazine - Dec 1977

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'Felixstowe F.2A High Visibility Colour Schemes'
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Highly detailed article showing all the details of the 'Dazzle' schemes, with drawings by Adrian Vicary
 

Published: Cross & Cockade Vol.21 No.4 - 1990

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'Flying Boat Towed Lighters'
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Story of the design and use of sea-borne towed lighters to transport WWI flying boats including the Felixstowe F.2A. Fascinating stuff for diorama buffs.
 

Published: Cross & Cockade

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'Felixstowe F.2A - Roden 1/72 scale model build '
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Detailed model build article of the 1/72 scale Roden kit by Patrice Roman
 

Published: REPLIC magazine

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'The Felixstowe F5L'
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Superbly detailed article by the late Ken Molson covering the design and construction of the F5L, the later development of the Felixstowe F.2A. Useful for interior photo's and general guidance for details of the F.2A.
 

Published: Cross & Cockade Vol.9 No.2 1978

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'Fighting 'Boats, 1914 - 1918'
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Concisely detailed article by the late Chaz Bowyer covering the design and operations of the Felixstowe and Curtiss flying boats during WWI. Useful for general guidance on the types.
 

Published: Aircraft Illustrated Extra, No. 8, 1970

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In the case of the Felixstowe F.2A archive my grateful thanks goes to: Andy Kemp, Chairman, Cross & Cockade International, Flight magazine, and authors Adrian Vicary, Michael H. Goodall, the late J.M. Bruce M.A. and the late C. Rupert Moore A.R.C.A. together with correspondent Alex Norton for their generous help and assistance in this particular archive.
Other Out-of-Print Flying Boat Articles
 
Supermarine Walrus
 
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One of the few original Profile Publication booklets that featured flying boats, part of the huge series that was so very popular in the 1970's. A superb read.
 

Published: Profile Publications - circa 1970's

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'Seaplanes make a comeback'
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Article from this popular American magazine discussing the - then - latest features of flying boat developments.
 

Published: Flying magazine - May 1949

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'Navy's Flying Midgets'
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An informative article showing how large scale radio-controlled models were used to assist data gathering during the late '40's.
 

Published: Flying magazine - September 1949

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'Mayo Composite'
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Well written article featuring details of the record distance flight of the remarkable 'piggy-back' flying boat and seaplane combo.
 

Published: FLIGHT - 31st October 1938

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Kawanishi 4-Motor Flying Boats (H6K 'Mavis' & H8K 'Emily')
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One of the few original Profile Publication booklets that featured flying boats, part of the huge series that was so very popular in the 1970's. A superb read.
 

Published: Profile Publications - circa 1970's

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'First Catalina delivered to Felixstowe'
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This article tells the story of the long - non-stop -  trans-Atlantic flight of the first Catalina delivered to the MAEE at Felixstowe.
 

Published: The AEROPLANE - 19th July 1939

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'Short Sunderland - Aeronautical Engineering'
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This article was the first look at the then new huge RAF flying boat for the aviation enthusiasts at the time, with superb drawing sketches.
 

Published: The AEROPLANE - 25th January 1939

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'Supermarine Stranraer'
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This article is a close look at the, then, new RAF flying boat from Supermarine complete with interior photographs.
 

Published: FLIGHT- 31st August 1935

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'Shorts G Class - Golden Hind'
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A close look and technical appraisal of the new Shorts built long-range flying boat
 

Published: The AEROPLANE- 19th July 1939

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'Boeing "Totem"
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Detailed technical appraisal of this craft with photographs - including the interior - plans and drawings.
 

Published: FLIGHT- 23rd September 1932

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'SARO Works & Flying Boat Production'
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Very interesting article written by the Works Manager of SARO detailing their build-up to mass production and the issues involved.
 

Published: FLIGHT- 14th May 1936

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'Mercury Crossing the Atlantic'
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Narrative with drawing and photographs of 'Mercury's record-breaking flight across the Atlantic.
 

Published: FLIGHT- 28th July 1938

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'M-130 Clipper - across the Pacific'
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Superbly detailed article with drawings and photographs describing fully what was involved in these trans-Pacific flights.
 

Published: FLIGHT- 31st August 1935

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'Flying the Sealand'
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Superbly written article with photographs describing fully what it was like to fly the Short Sealand S.A.6 Mk.I
 

Published: The AEROPLANE- 22nd June 1951

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'Sealand in the air'
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Superbly written article with photographs and detailed drawings describing what it was like to fly the Short Sealand S.A.6 Mk.I
 

Published: FLIGHT- 22nd June 1951

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'Air-Whaling'
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Superbly written article with photographs describing the now defunct 'art' of whaling by spotting from the air using Supermarine Walrus's.
 

Published: FLIGHT- 10th July 1947

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'Do.24 - Spain's Big 'Boats'
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Story of Spain's use of the ubiquitous Dornier Do.24 in the S.A.R. role.
 

Published: AIR ENTHUSIAST - May/June 2006

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 SEAWINGS's Flying Boat Articles

  Flying Boat Description Author
Chalk's Grumman G.73 Turbo Mallard
My flight in a Chalk's Ocean Airways Grumman G.73 Turbo Mallard from Nassau, Bahamas to Fort Lauderdale, USA and back.
Bryan Ribbans aka SEAWINGS

 

Bill Mortimer's Article Archive

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Bill Mortimer is an original time-served flying boat 'Web-Foot', having actually worked on various types of  flying boats whilst based in their latter years at the M.A.E.E. (Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment) at Felixstowe, and still blessed with an intense interest in anything connected to the genre. In a series of fascinating articles written by him and published in now sadly out-of-print magazines from years ago - now long-since forgotten by most - SEAWINGS is privileged to re-present those articles in their entirety, scanned as pdf's for you to download so that today's flying boat enthusiasts can to learn what it was all about. Our grateful thanks goes to Bill for his kind permission to present his articles here. Thanks, Bill.

 

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Bill Mortimer 'Sunderland Strike Force'
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The unique and fascinating story of the proposal, design and eventual trial fitting of two-man torpedo chariots to operational Short Sunderlands, complete with photo's and drawings.
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Bill Mortimer 'Short S.45 Seaford'
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The story of the development of the Short Seaford from the original Sunderland.
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Bill Mortimer 'Flying Boat Seamanship'
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How it was done at Felixstowe; Launching, Mooring, Beaching and working on and around the 'boats.
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Bill Mortimer 'The Last Days at Felixstowe'
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Interesting details of the final days at one of the most iconic flying boat testing bases ever; Felixstowe.
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Bill Mortimer 'A Singapore to Singapore'
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The fascinating tale of flying a Short Singapore 'boat half-way around the World, in a bygone era.

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