Best flying boat of WWII?

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by ShVAK, Oct 22, 2012.

?

Which was the best flying boat of WWII?

  1. Blohm Voss BV 222

    2.5%
  2. Dornier Do 24

    7.5%
  3. Dornier Do 26

    2.5%
  4. Short Sunderland

    25.0%
  5. Consolidated PBY Catalina

    32.5%
  6. Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Martin PBM Mariner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Kawanishi H6K "Mavis"

    2.5%
  9. Kawanishi H8K "Emily"

    27.5%
  10. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. ShVAK

    ShVAK Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Anti-submarine warfare, rescue, recon, transport.... flying boats may have been slow and vulnerable, but they stayed relevant throughout WWII in almost every theater and over a decade afterward in a number of militaries.

    Which one was the best? Place your vote here!
     
  2. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,771
    Likes Received:
    687
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    Kind of hard to vote, when they all different types of flying boats. Kind of like comparing a heavy bomber to a light bomber.

    How can you compare a Bv 222 to a Catalina?
     
  3. ShVAK

    ShVAK Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    #3 ShVAK, Oct 22, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
    True the selections vary widely in size, number of engines etc. However most were tasked with similar roles, so it comes down to things like payload, range, armament, service history, innovation etc. etc. You can get more specialized in your response if you want, this is just a general poll.
     
  4. davebender

    davebender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    6,418
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    Most were task with recon. A few were tasked with ASW.

    He-115 is one of only a few which had torpedo bombing and mine laying as primary missions.
    heinkel-he115_3.jpg

    Do-26 is the only one on your list whose primary mission was long range transport of passengers and mail. The handful produced were essentially just civilian aircraft.
    German1938DornierDO26.jpg
     
  5. ShVAK

    ShVAK Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    He-115 is a floatplane, though.
     
  6. davebender

    davebender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    6,418
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    He-115 has the range / payload to compete with some of the other seaplanes on your list. So why shouldn't it be considered?
     
  7. ShVAK

    ShVAK Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    ... because it's not a flying boat. And if I opened this thread up to floatplanes as well the disparities on either end would be even bigger than they are now--single-engine scout floatplanes against the BV 222?
     
  8. ShVAK

    ShVAK Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    In retrospect sticking the Do 26 in here was kind of a poor choice, didn't know only 6 were built and for such a specialized role. Beautiful plane though.
     
  9. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,911
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    I agree with that. The Do-26 is a beautiful plane.
     
  10. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,771
    Likes Received:
    687
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    Do 24, that is beautiful...
     
  11. nuuumannn

    nuuumannn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,743
    Likes Received:
    439
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Aircraft Engineer
    Location:
    Nelson
    Kawanishi H8K - excellent performance, armament and load carrying capability.

    "Even though far fewer H8Ks were built than contemporary British Short Sunderlands or American Consolidated Catalinas, the Japanese flying boat emerged from the conflict as the most outstanding water based combat aircraft of the Second World War" - Rene J Francillon, Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War.
     
  12. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,220
    Likes Received:
    2,047
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    Much like the Do26, the Wiking was made in limited numbers...
     
  13. zoomar

    zoomar Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Messages:
    338
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I went with the H8K as the "best", although there is no question the Catalina and Sunderland were also fine machines that had far more influence on the conflict than the Emily. If you had asked for the "greatest", I'd absolutely go with the Catalina...built in huge numbers, used in large quantities by almost all the allied combatants, and exceptionally versatile. In fact the Cat might reasonably be considered one of the 3-4 most valuable allied aircraft of the entire war, period.
     
  14. woljags

    woljags Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,358
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    glazier/vintage car restoration
    Location:
    maidenhead uk
    i would have the supermarine walrus in this list,due to the numbers of lives it saved landing in mined waters
     
  15. Elmas

    Elmas Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    178
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Occupation:
    Teacher
    Location:
    Italy
    Cant. Z 506
    h1.jpg

    and Fiat RS 14

    n3qck6.jpg
     
  16. Vincenzo

    Vincenzo Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    2,281
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    none
    Location:
    Lazio
    in italiano sono tutti idrovolanti ma in inglese flyingboat e floatplanes indicano i due tipi specificamente: idrovolante a scafo centrale e idrovolante a scarponi.
     
  17. davebender

    davebender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    6,418
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    Do-24 was built by Dornier to a Dutch specification for service in the East Indies. Just as the Mustang was originally built to a RAF specification.

    Everything I have read suggests the Dutch seaplane performed well. A few must have fled the East Indies and ended up in Australia after Japan invaded.
    do24p135ue0.jpg
     
  18. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,771
    Likes Received:
    687
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    Well I guess for purposes of the poll, I will take the Do 24. I am not sure if it was the best overall, but for me it certainly is the most beautiful (which does not make an aircraft better than any particular aircraft...;)). If I recall as well, it outperformed the PBY Catalina, which was also a great acft.

    So I will take the Do 24.
     
  19. fastmongrel

    fastmongrel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2009
    Messages:
    2,343
    Likes Received:
    409
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Motor Mechanic
    Location:
    Lancashire
    I think the Do 24 is a beauty but I reckon it is matched in the Miss World Flyingboat competition by the Kawanishi H6 Mavis

    MavisKoike.jpg
     
  20. A4K

    A4K Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2007
    Messages:
    12,162
    Likes Received:
    123
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    The back of beyond
    Don't know which was the best, but I also love the H6K5 ('Mavis'), aswell as the trusty Sunderland and Catalina.

    ..and good news for Sunderland fans! :
    found by chance an advertisement yesterday for a NEW TOOL Italeri 1/72 Sunderland Mk.I !!!
    ("Dear santa...this year I've been REALLY good..."! :) )
     
Loading...

Share This Page