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Old thread, random question...does anyone know what real-life aircraft inspired this one from the Porco Rosso comics and film?

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Another view (from a video game capture)…

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Don't know of a particular aircraft like that one, but most of the planes in Porco Rosso are Schneider Cup and WWI waterplanes.
 

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Old thread, random question...does anyone know what real-life aircraft inspired this one from the Porco Rosso comics and film?

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Another view (from a video game capture)…

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It is obviously a single seat, single engine and single hull version of a SIAI S-55 hydroplane:

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It is obviously a single seat, single engine and single hull version of a SIAI S-55 hydroplane:
In other words a smaller version of the S.63? Perhaps, but I don’t think that’s it. In the watercolor drawings Miyazaki went to considerable effort show the wing folding setup. If it is inspired by a real plane and not completely fictional, I am thinking it might have been some sort of shipboard spotter aircraft.
 

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Reminds me quite a bit of the "flying shoe". Obviously not in the particulars or size, but the overall arrangement.
 

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Miyazaki's aircraft are original designs with the flavor of real aircraft; They have the right proportions and characteristics that would let them fly in a real sky. Bits and pieces of actual aircraft are brought together with an animator's imagination to create something that hasn't been seen before.

Nausicaä's Möwe has the wing shape of a seagull and is powered by a turbojet. The giant blue Tolmekian Transports also have the seagull wing and its fuselage shows influence of the Messerschmitt Gigant. The airships began with something Zeppelin like and have evolved into a new shape that fits the story being told.

Proof of the pudding is that Nausicaä's Möwe has been built and flown as a flying man carrying aircraft:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17elclJuXxQ
 
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