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    Flying boat is an old Italian design. Savoia?

    The biplanes look British. SE-5's?

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    The Savoia Marchetti SM-55X was one of a fleet of 24 which flew from Italy to the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933.
    https://simanaitissays.com/2013/08/1...chetti-sm-55x/

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    Wow John,amazing story on the seaplane!
    http://www.explorenorth.com/library/...lane-1937.html
    Felt like I won the lottery at the end of the article. Thanks for posting the picture!
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    Takeoffs are optional--Landings are mandatory
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    You win the prize on that one. for those who do not know, the plane was moored in Juneau and some Taku winds damaged it a bit initially. My Dad had pneumonia and was in the hospital in Juneau, Second Taku wind damaged it beyond repair, so never really got into service in Alaska.
    No one guessed right on the WWI biplanes, all the same. Thomas Morse Scouts. My Dad flew them in Howard Hughes movies, Hell's angels and Wings. this was in LA area before he went to Alaska in later 30's.
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    Indulge me on a few other old aircraft pics my Dad had. these should be easy to identify. First one is plane he started the Petersburg Air service with, second one is later one, had several of these, one still exists, now in Germany. One was conscripted into the war before the Navy had aircraft in Alaska for coastal patrol. Dad flew that one on patrol until they had the Navy aircraft. Then the third one is his Navy coastal patrol plane, My Dad in the cockpit, he was commanding officer at small Navy base north of Sitka, Port Althorp. I was born in Sitka during the war in the Pioneers Home there, have my room reserved!Click image for larger version. 

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    Third one is an OS2U Kingfisher

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    Curtis Robin
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    If all of you float plane fans ever get an opportunity to fly a cabin Waco on floats, take it. They fly like a dream, very well balanced. I flew a YKC off a runway on a dolly once upon a time. I owned the last one built for a while, a ZPF-7F. They are the Cadillacs of the air, easy to fly and fast.

    John, your Dad lived in my dream world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    ......They fly like a dream, very well balanced. I flew a YKC off a runway on a dolly once upon a time. I owned the last one built for a while, a ZPF-7F. They are the Cadillacs of the air, easy to fly and fast.

    John, your Dad lived in my dream world.
    The same could be said about you Pete. This is just another tidbit solidifying the breadth of experience you bring to the SuperCub.Org table.
    I still think someone needs to do a hundred interviews with you and compile into a book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john schwamm View Post
    Indulge me on a few other old aircraft pics my Dad had]
    Interesting history you have John !!!
    I may be wrong but that probably won't stop me from arguing about it.
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    It’s remarkable how much aviation history is around us. Worthy of its own thread for sure. The challenge will be getting people to tell stories about themselves, or others they know, but I think it will be worth the effort.

    I had the privilege of knowing Tom Wardleigh when I lived in Alaska. I knew he had a rich history, but I was young and history unfortunately didn’t interest me. Several years ago I picked up a copy of Success On The Step, the Kenmore Air story. My mouth dropped open when they started talking about the first mechanic they hired in 1946 or 47 - Tom Wardleigh. Lots more in this book about Tom, including pictures of him as a young, tall kid.

    I was hired by Kenai Air in 1979 as a copilot on a Turbine Commander based in the NPR-A at Camp Lonely. My first Captain was a retired American Airlines Captain named Fred Chambers. Several years ago I picked up a book on Alaskan Aviation history and there was a whole chapter on Fred. Based in Nome in the 30’s flying for Mirow Air Service, flying to Fairbanks in the winter, losing engine (or just weather forcing him down, can’t remember all the details) and surviving with his passengers waiting to be rescued by dogsled. Hans Mirow died in a plane crash searching for Fred. Fred was sent to Texas to get an instrument ticket at American Airlines, they ended up hiring him and he retired with a double digit seniority number. I sat next to both of these men and never considered asking them about their story.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    Third one is an OS2U Kingfisher

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    Long ago Wes Landes made a set of fiberglass floats which were used on a Helio. Somehow they made their way here to my airport where I installed them on a 185. Tom Wardleigh accompanied the floats here. They didn't work out as the customer anticipated, so were removed. We were planning an STC program for the installation. I lost track of them after that. I did enjoy visiting with Tom, though didn't learn much about his past until later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Long ago Wes Landes made a set of fiberglass floats which were used on a Helio. Somehow they made their way here to my airport where I installed them on a 185. Tom Wardleigh accompanied the floats here. They didn't work out as the customer anticipated, so were removed. We were planning an STC program for the installation. I lost track of them after that. I did enjoy visiting with Tom, though didn't learn much about his past until later.
    I used to get my biennial checkrides with Tom in the Widgeons. He was a great flying boat pilot. And just a great guy.
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    How about this one:

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    Fleetwings Sea bird. Can you imagine how much a spot-welded stainless hull would cost nowadays?!
    You've been in Blaine, MN!
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    Fleetwings Sea bird. Serial number 1. The bow shape is different from the production models.

    That airplane used to belong to a man named Channing in California. As I recall he found it in a scrap yard. There was an article in Air Progress? long ago with a picture of him taxing into the surf from a beach.

    There was another one gathering dust in the back of a hangar at Daytona Beach for years, After the owner died it went to Michigan? where it was destroyed in a hangar fire. I so wanted to have that airplane.
    I had an opportunity to crawl all over it once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyR View Post
    Fleetwings Sea bird. Can you imagine how much a spot-welded stainless hull would cost nowadays?!
    You've been in Blaine, MN!
    And the fuselage of this one is all engine turned. Surprprisingly to me at least, the plane is not very heavy. SS seems like it should be really heavy.

    But, what a beauty!

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    Tougher?

    Ok, this one may be a stumper because there not a lot of airplane here to see. Maybe not fair. You guys get this one I’m impressed. All I can tell you is I took the pic myself and sure didn’t know what it was or had even heard of it. Click image for larger version. 

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    It's the Bleriot arrangement built a bit heavier than what Old Rhinebeck has.
    What's a go-around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywalker View Post
    It's the Bleriot arrangement built a bit heavier than what Old Rhinebeck has.

    Right you are, Bleriot XI, this one on display in a tiny museum about 30 miles south of Haifa, Israel.
    Heres a full frontal shot. Click image for larger version. 

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