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Flying boats - a missed opportunity?

  Brumas 15:03 16 Feb 2020
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I consider myself reasonably intelligent and yet, having read all that is out there, I still cannot understand why the whole Flying Boat idea was scrapped.

Saunders-Roe nailed it with the Princess and their vision of the P & O Design Queen was a brilliant concept yet it never materialised.

Perhaps I am an old romantic but I know which way I would prefer to travel, funds permitting!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:01 23 Feb 2020

Perhaps you could make a ground effect train by running it in a concrete trough instead of using rails?

Ekranoplans seem to work better (more stable, more efficient, ride higher) as they get bigger, scale it up far enough and you should be able to fly above ocean waves.

  Brumas 12:54 23 Feb 2020

Fruit Bat /\0/\, didn't they try that sort of idea a while ago using strong magnets ?

  wee eddie 14:30 23 Feb 2020

Brumas: aka "Linear Motors"

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:07 23 Feb 2020

might be faster and cheaper than mag lev as the power source would be on the train not spread along the track.

  Brumas 17:36 23 Feb 2020

Thanks for the links guys, they make interesting reading and provide food for thought.

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