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Offline carmelo

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"Mothership" for flying boat land take-off.
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:30:17 pm »
In a Italian magazine of 1939,"Panorama",i have read an article about Americans flying boats.
Was said that a method at the study for land takeoff of flying boats ( in runways near sea aerodromes) was put the flying boat piggy-back on a sort of not flying launch vehicle for reach speed for takeoff.
This method was alternative to catapult,and a variant of "majo composte idea,as the mothership not fly (i have understand  that was on rails)
Any information or pictures of this?


 
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Offline JimK

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Re: "Mothership" for flying boat land take-off.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 01:50:50 pm »
From Robert E. Bradley's "Convair Advanced Designs, Secret Projects from San Diego 1923-1962". The caption says about all there is known about it.

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Re: "Mothership" for flying boat land take-off.
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 11:36:25 am »
Fantastic!!
But could work?

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Re: "Mothership" for flying boat land take-off.
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 12:26:09 pm »
.... But could work? 

At least for smaller types it was considered by other manufacturers, too :

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3013.msg24161.html#msg24161
It takes a long time, before all mistakes are made ...

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Re: "Mothership" for flying boat land take-off.
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2014, 01:28:55 am »
Cheers.