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A Comprehensive Overview Of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe Flying Boat And Seaplane Inventory, Which Recounts For Each The History Of Their Design, Development And Combat Service, Including The Sole Blohm & Voss BV 238 Flying Boat (The Heaviest Military Plane Deployed In The War), Blohm & Voss BV 222 Wiking (Viking) Flying Boat, Dornier Do X Flying Boat, Dornier Do J Wal (Wale) Flying Boat, Junkers Ju 52 (Seaplane Version), Heinkel He 60 Reconnaissance Seaplane, Arado Ar 95 Reconnaissance And Patrol Seaplane, Arado Ar 196 Shipboard Observation Seaplane, Dornier Do 24 Maritime Patrol/Search And Rescue Flying Boat, Heinkel He 115 Torpedo Bomber/Reconnaissance/Minelaying Seaplane, And The Blohm & Voss BV 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon) Nicknamed Der Fliegende Holzschuh ("Flying Clog") Trimotor Maritime Patrol/Naval Reconnaissance Flying Boat! All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1992, 47 Minutes) #WarProps #PropsAndJets #LuftwaffeFlyingBoats #LuftwaffeSeaplanes #GermanSeaplanesOfWWII #GermanFlyingBoatsOfWorldWarII #GermanFlyingBoatsOfWWII #GermanSeaplanesOfWorldWarII #BlohmAndVossBV238 #HeaviestPlanes #BlohmAndVossBV222Wiking #DornierDoX #DornierDoJWal #JunkersJu52Seaplane #HeinkelHe60 #AradoAr95 #AradoAr196 #DornierDo24 #HeinkelHe115 #BlohmAndVossBV138Seedrache #DerFliegendeHolzschuh #FlyingClog #ReconnaissanceSeaplanes #PatrolSeaplanes #MaritimePatrolSeaplanes #ShipboardSeaplanes #SearchAndRescueSeaplanes #SearchAndRescueFlyingBoats #TorpedoBombers #TorpedoBomberSeaplanes #MinelayingSeaplanes #NavalReconnaissanceFlyingBoats #ObservationSeaplanes #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #Seaplanes #FlyingBoats #AirWarfareOfWorldWarII #WWIIAviation #AerialWarfare #Aviation #AviationHistory #HistoryOfAviation #MilitaryAviation #MilitaryAviation #MilitaryAviationHistory #HistoryOfMilitaryAviation #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
A Flying Boat is a fixed-winged seaplane with a hull, allowing it to land on water, that usually has no type of landing gear to allow operation on land. It differs from a floatplane as it uses a purpose-designed fuselage which can float, granting the aircraft buoyancy. Flying boats may be stabilized by under-wing floats or by wing-like projections (called sponsons) from the fuselage. Ascending into common use during the First World War, flying boats rapidly grew in both scale and capability during the Interwar period, during which time numerous operators found commercial success with the type. Flying boats were some of the largest aircraft of the first half of the 20th century, exceeded in size only by bombers developed during the Second World War. Their advantage lay in using water instead of expensive land-based runways, making them the basis for international airlines in the interwar period. They were also commonly used as maritime patrol aircraft and air-sea rescue, particularly during times of conflict. Flying boats such as the PBY Catalina and Short Sunderland played key roles in both the Pacific Theater and the Atlantic of the Second World War. The popularity of flying boats gradually trailed off during the Cold War era, partially because of the investments in airports during the conflict that eased the introduction of larger, and faster, land-based airliners. Despite being largely overshadowed, limited use of the type continued with some operators, such as in the case of the Shin Meiwa US-1A and the Martin JRM Mars. In the 21st century, flying boats maintain a few niche uses, such as dropping water on forest fires, air transport around archipelagos, and access to undeveloped areas. Many modern seaplane variants, whether float or flying boat types, are convertible amphibious aircraft where either landing gear or flotation modes may be used to land and take off.
A Seaplane is a powered fixed-wing aircraft capable of taking off and landing (alighting) on water. Seaplanes are usually divided into two categories based on their technological characteristics: floatplanes and flying boats; the latter are generally far larger and can carry far more. Seaplanes that can also take off and land on airfields are in a subclass called amphibious aircraft, or amphibians. Seaplanes were sometimes called hydroplanes, but currently this term applies instead to motor-powered watercraft that use the technique of hydrodynamic lift to skim the surface of water when running at speed. The use of seaplanes gradually tapered off after World War II, partially because of the investments in airports during the war. In the 21st century, seaplanes maintain a few niche uses, such as for aerial firefighting, air transport around archipelagos, and access to undeveloped or roadless areas, some of which have numerous lakes.
The Luftwaffe was the aerial warfare branch of the Wehrmacht during World War II. Germany's military air arms during World War I, the Luftstreitkrafte of the Imperial Army and the Marine-Fliegerabteilung of the Imperial Navy, had been disbanded in May 1920 in accordance with the terms of the Treaty of Versailles which stated that Germany was forbidden to have any air force. During the interwar period, German pilots were trained secretly in violation of the treaty at Lipetsk Air Base in the Soviet Union. With the rise of the Nazi Party and the repudiation of the Versailles Treaty, the Luftwaffe's existence was publicly acknowledged on 26 February 1935, just over two weeks before open defiance of the Versailles Treaty through German re-armament and conscription would be announced on 16 March. The Condor Legion, a Luftwaffe detachment sent to aid Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War, provided the force with a valuable testing ground for new tactics and aircraft. Partially as a result of this combat experience, the Luftwaffe had become one of the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, and battle-experienced air forces in the world when World War II broke out in 1939. By the summer of 1939, the Luftwaffe had twenty-eight Geschwader (wings). The Luftwaffe also operated Fallschirmjager paratrooper units. The Luftwaffe proved instrumental in the German victories across Poland and Western Europe in 1939 and 1940. During the Battle of Britain, however, despite inflicting severe damage to the RAF's infrastructure and, during the subsequent Blitz, devastating many British cities, the German air force failed to batter the beleaguered British into submission. From 1942, Allied bombing campaigns gradually destroyed the Luftwaffe's fighter arm. From late 1942, the Luftwaffe used its surplus ground support and other personnel to raise Luftwaffe Field Divisions. In addition to its service in the West, the Luftwaffe operated over the Soviet Union, North Africa and Southern Europe. Despite its belated use of advanced turbojet and rocket-propelled aircraft for the destruction of Allied bombers, the Luftwaffe was overwhelmed by the Allies' superior numbers and improved tactics, and a lack of trained pilots and aviation fuel. In January 1945, during the closing stages of the Battle of the Bulge, the Luftwaffe made a last-ditch effort to win air superiority, and met with failure. With rapidly dwindling supplies of petroleum, oil, and lubricants after this campaign, and as part of the entire combined Wehrmacht military forces as a whole, the Luftwaffe ceased to be an effective fighting force. After the defeat of Germany, the Luftwaffe was disbanded in 1946. During World War II, German pilots claimed roughly 70,000 aerial victories, while over 75,000 Luftwaffe aircraft were destroyed or significantly damaged. Of these, nearly 40,000 were lost entirely. The Luftwaffe had only two commanders-in-chief throughout its history: Hermann Goring and later Generalfeldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim for the last two weeks of the war. The Luftwaffe was deeply involved in Nazi war crimes. By the end of the war, a significant percentage of aircraft production originated in concentration camps, an industry employing tens of thousands of prisoners. The Luftwaffe's demand for labor was one of the factors that led to the deportation and murder of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews in 1944. The Oberkommando der Luftwaffe organized Nazi human experimentation, and Luftwaffe ground troops committed massacres in Italy, Greece, and Poland.