What Makes a Seaplane Float? | Flying Magazine

What Makes a Seaplane Float?

The science behind what keeps a seaplane above water.

Whether a seaplane has a floating hull, like a flying boat, or pontoons, like a floatplane, there are several structural components that help make the airplane buoyant, reduce drag, add stability and prevent the airplane from tipping or flipping over as it is moving through the water. Here are the most important elements that allow us to take our airplanes into the water and some that help get them out of it.

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