Fastest seaplane/flying boat, ski plane of WW2 ?

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  1. Timppa

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    No paper designs or prototypes.
    Wikipedia don't help much, but:
    So the latter does not count.
     
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    #3 cherry blossom, Mar 31, 2013
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    According to http://www.spitfires.flyer.co.uk/spitfire_floatplane.htm (which I only opened via Google's cache)

    "A further Spitfire was converted in 1944, a Mark IX serial MJ892 powered by a Merlin 45. The performance of this aircraft was superb and with a top speed of 377 mph the fastest floatplane of the entire war."

    ps. This is still below the speed record for a floatplane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macchi_M.C.72

    pps. Sorry! I did not read the initial post carefully. Dave is almost certainly correct.
     
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    Spitfire VB, with the proviso that all three were prototypes, although they were shipped to Egypt and tested operationally 324 mph @ 19,500 ft [Price: The Spitfire Story]. Otherwise the Kawanishi N1K1, which did get into production (8 prototypes, 89 pdn) and was used on operational service - 304 mph (264 kt) @ 18,700 ft (5,700 m) [Francillon: Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War]
     
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    A bit of confusion on the Spitfires. 3 MK VBs with Merlin 45s. One MK IX with a Merlin 66. Prototype? eight sets of floats already made but not fitted to the VBs were modified for the MK IX but also not fitted.

    American contender: Curtiss SC Seahawk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    313mph?
     
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    In theory - E15K among the fastest.
    But real performance with detached main float remained mystery.
    E15K_color.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the input. IMO the main contenders are:

    Sea plane:
    N1K1 Kyofu or Curtiss SC Seahawk , 300-310 mph

    Flying boat:
    Kawanishi H8K "Emily", 290 mph

    Ski plane:
    Yak-1, 320-330 mph.
     
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