Hydroplane

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The 1912 second edition of Jackman & Russell, 1910, Flying Machines (pp. 252–253) describes new developments in the nascent hydroplane technology:

Aeroplanes have been constructed with floats in the place of runners and several attempts have been made, in some cases successfully, to light with them on and to rise from the water. Mr. Curtiss did this at San Francisco, in January, 1911. [...]
In November, 1911, a test was made at Newport, R. I., by Lieut. Rodgers, of the navy, of a "hydro-aeroplane" as an auxiliary to a battleship. The idea of the test was to alight alongside of the ship, hoist the machine aboard, put out to sea and launch the machine again with the use of a crane. Lieut. Rodgers came down smoothly alongside the Ohio, his machine was easily drawn aboard with a crane, and the Ohio steamed down to the open sea, where it was blowing half a gale. But, owing to the midjudgment of the ship's headway, one of the wings of the machine when it struck the water after being released from the crane, went under the water and was snapped off. Lieut. Rodgers was convinced that this method was too risky and that some other must be devised.

Enclosing categories Airplane, Marine
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Keywords CPC B64C35/00, USPC 244/101, Landing
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Patents in category Hydroplane