Floatplane and Seaplane Books
German Seaplane Fighters of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Seaplanes (Volume 2)
Authors: Jack Herris, Bob Pearson, Martin Digmayer, Colin Owers, Aaron Weaver, Steve Anderson
Publication date: July 2012
Our take: Showcases the engineering and evolution of the German fighter seaplanes of World War I. Features over 200 photographs along with several color photographs. Tech specs of each aircraft and the number produced are included along with the story of each naval fighter. This is a remarkable book with a large array of photographs covering a unique type of aircraft that is rarely explored in other books.
American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft: An Illustrated History
Authors: E.R. Johnson
Publication date: December 2009
Our take: Comprehensive book detailing all floatplanes and seaplanes built in America since 1912. The aircraft are organized into three distinct time periods to better reflect the development of the aircraft over time. The book is impressive in that it covers military, commercial and private seaplanes as well as concept planes.
U.S. Navy Floatplanes of World War II in Action - Aircraft No. 203
Authors: Al Adcock, Don Greer
Publication date: 2006
Our take: Relatively quick study of the floatplanes employed by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The book is relatively short at just over 50 pages, but it still includes over 100 photos and several of those are color. It's a worthwhile book for anyone interested in WWII era U.S. seaplanes.
Is it aeroplane or airplane? Well it used to depend on which continent you were on. Both versions are technically accurate, but aeroplane was only really ever used outside of North America. So if you live in Europe or Australia you could still use aeroplane, but even on those continents they are switching to airplane. So we suggest using airplane so people don't look at you funny. Either way, we just love books about airplanes.
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