Grumman Wildcat on floats !!!

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    #1 ccheese, Mar 18, 2013
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    Didja know ? Grumman decided to put the F4F-3 "Wildcat" on floats, and designated it the F4F-3S, "Wildcatfish".

    There was a Spitfire on floats, a Ju-52 and a C-47, a Beech-18 (aka C-45), a Zero and a bf-109 on floats, and a Staggerwing, too.
    I suppose, if you have the time, money ard equipment, you could put a P-38 on floats !!

    Wonder what else wound up on floats ?????

    Charles
     

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    That is too cool!
     
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    One of the few times sticking whacking great floats on the underside of an aircraft has improved the look! (goes off, whistling tunelessly ....)
     
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    There was a test version of the P-38 designed for floats, had the tail raised about 16-18 inches to keep it out of the salt spray.
    The high tailed version was tested, but floats were never fitted.
     
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    Floats only work with Root Beer!!!!!! IMHO.
     
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    Always thought what they called it was ingenious!

    My favorite is when the Martin B-12 was put on floats:

    B-10 on floats.jpg
     
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    This has to be the best float conversion... the XC-47C!
    float4.jpg
    float6.jpg
    float7.jpg
     
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    I've always liked the Beech-18 (aka C-45) on floats. Canada is full of them !

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    I'd love to go to Canada and check out the floatplanes; Beavers, Otters, Twotters...
     
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    Great posts.
     
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    Cutting Edge and Just Plane Stuff did a conversion for the 1/48 Tamiya kit years ago though I think they are long out of production. Cutting Edge made the floats and Just Plane Stuff made the non folding wing conversion. Back to work but home tonight.

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    XC-47C Largest floatplane ever? As opposed to a proper seaplane such as the Short Sunderland or Martin Mars
     
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    Ju52/3M was also fitted with floats.
     
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    I liked the Staggerwing with floats. But the XC-47 looks at home with them to.
     
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    The C-47 floatplane worked well, but loading it through the cargo doors was very difficult due to the height and the fact that the floats were in the way, so although quite a few float kits were built, only the one was ever so fitted.
    The p-38 with the high tail was an attempt to stave off the effects of compressibility, not to enable it to accept floats.
     
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    "Pilots found the C-47C difficult to launch in rough water, and performed like a pogo stick when landing on anything but a mirror smooth body of water. It had a high tire failure on land, and was difficult to handle in a crosswind landing. The C-47C was slow on take-off and JATO bottles did little to improve its performance. It was also about 30 mph slower than its sisters without floats." from: dc3history.org

    Actually sounds like it was a bit of a dog.

    But, it also looks like there was a DC-3 that was covnverted in the 70's as well.
     
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    Today I received in the mail American Combat Planes of the 20th Century by Ray Wagner, and it had a plane on floats I'd never seen before:

    TBD Float.jpg

    The TBD Devastator
     
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    another odd bird
    XSB2C-2%20Helldiver%20configured%20as%20a%20seaplane%20taken%20on%20September%2029,%201942.jpg

    Helldiver prototype
     
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    All good pic's. Like I said, if you have the time, manpower and the funds, you can put (almost) anything on floats.

    Charles
     
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