On March 28, 1910, the first successful
seaplane take-off from water at Martinque, France, occurred. The seaplane
or Hydravion was flown by its inventor, Henri Fabre. A fifty-horsepower
rotary engine powered the first flight, a 1650-foot distance over water.
The plane Fabre flew was nicknamed "Le Canard", meaning the duck.
On Jan. 26, 1911, Glenn H. Curtiss
made the first successful seaplane flight in America. Curtiss fitted floats
to a biplane, then took off and landed from water. Curtiss' contributions
to seaplane innovation included: flying boats and airplanes, which could
take-off and land on a carrier ship.
On March 27, 1919, a U.S. Navy seaplane
completed the first transatlantic flight.
Index of vintage seaplane photos.
LOC Photo: First seaplane circa
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