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    Clever float plane dry land takeoff


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    First time I've seen that one!
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    That's kinda cool.......but what I really want to see is the video where he lands back on that trailer on the return trip!
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    Kindof a carrier landing in reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lark View Post
    That's kinda cool.......but what I really want to see is the video where he lands back on that trailer on the return trip!
    ^^^^^ X2, my thought when I watched it also.

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    I remember a few years back a guy used to bring his float plane into Snohomish airport north of Seattle every year in the fall, waited for a rainy day and landed on the wet grass. I was told they did the same thing at nearby Arlington airport also. After storage all winter in a hangar, the local mechanic would do the annual inspection, then he would take off in the spring as shown here, only requires about 70-80 mph or so to lift off.

    I think in Alaska they have been known to land and take off in the snow on glaciers as a normal operation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lark View Post
    That's kinda cool.......but what I really want to see is the video where he lands back on that trailer on the return trip!
    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    Kindof a carrier landing in reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lark View Post
    That's kinda cool.......but what I really want to see is the video where he lands back on that trailer on the return trip!
    It would look something like this~







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    Well...not so much an "original" concept...however, no pickup required.

    https://youtu.be/Qbv_nwoiKvY
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    I think this is much more exciting: http://www.flixxy.com/the-incredible-flyboard-air.htm
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    That was pretty cool! Thanks for sharing!

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    In the 1970s, a local ag spray pilot had a wheel drop off his plane just after take off. Flew around and emptied his tanks, and called up another pilot who lived close. They got a farm pickup with a steel stockrack, laid planks across the top of the rack, and they made a couple of trials runs on his dirt strip. Set her down with the wing on top the truck, then braked to a halt together. Pickup driver said it was hairy with the prop spinning about 4 ft. from the windshield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 48skyliner View Post
    I remember a few years back a guy used to bring his float plane into Snohomish airport north of Seattle every year in the fall, waited for a rainy day and landed on the wet grass. I was told they did the same thing at nearby Arlington airport also. After storage all winter in a hangar, the local mechanic would do the annual inspection, then he would take off in the spring as shown here, only requires about 70-80 mph or so to lift off.

    I think in Alaska they have been known to land and take off in the snow on glaciers as a normal operation.
    Something similar to this was done at Langley Regional Airport in Langley, British Columbia. There used to be a marshy area next to the runway where float planes landed. For take off the planes were set on big "skate boards". When the planes lifted off from the skate boards, the boards would be stopped by an embankment at the end of the runway. The Fraser Highway is right at the end of the runway and several feet above it.

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    In one of my books on the history of Cessna aircraft, there are photos of them doing that with float plane prototypes in the early 50s.
    They'd take off from a dolly on the long cement runway at McConnell AFB, adjacent to the Cessna factory. Landing would be made on a lake (go figure) or on the grass at the Cessna field.

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    They 'LOOK' like they know what they're doing!!

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    They in fact "DO" know what they're doing. That's the city near where I live, and they launch that plane that way every year to take it up north for summers on the lakes. The car dealership I work for also has a float plane, and have done that same takeoff when water isn't close after repairs, etc.
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    I think they should invest in a pair of WHEELS!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fargoguy View Post
    They in fact "DO" know what they're doing. That's the city near where I live, and they launch that plane that way every year to take it up north for summers on the lakes. The car dealership I work for also has a float plane, and have done that same takeoff when water isn't close after repairs, etc.
    I started my flying career in Norther Saskatchewan and Manitoba as a bush pilot on the very type of airplane in the video so I've seen or heard of all of these methods of taking off or landing on floats with no water around. Where I worked we were close to both water and an airstrip so nothing like this was required.

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