L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)
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This large flyingboat was designed for military use and completed during the spring of 1913. The hull, in the shape of a half nutshell, had a steel-tube frame covered with wood strips and 2 coats of waterproofed fabric; it formed an unsinkable boat. The pilots sat side by side directly on the deck at the front; the tail was carried high on a single steel-tube outrigger. The engine was set below the upper wing and drove a 4-bladed pusher propeller through a one-meter driveshaft. The aeroplane may not have actually flown, though it is said to have remained for a whole month in the water with no problem.
(Span (upper): 11.2 m; (lower): 9 m; length: 8 m; wing area: 22 sqm; empty weight 380 kg; 50 hp 6-cylinder Anzani)