My mate over there said he saw one flying on a body of water I’ve been on. I was looking to build one and there was interest from Russians but:
1. Large wingspan was required – the small versions were lethal, flipping often enough;
2. The variable surfaces of water put over sea flight out of contention, only good for rivers and lakes;
3. The enormous fuel burning just to break surface tension, even with swivelling engines, put the project out of contention.
It was by no means just a flight of fancy – I had a connection with a transport engineer but security implications came into it. Language was also a barrier. Pity.
The seaplane lacked the issues of the WIGs, so why bother with WIGs? And yet giant seaplanes docking and taking on passengers – romantic, yes, one would pay for a flight for sure, where does it dock?
How do passengers alight? From behind the swingback nose cone? I can see the point of one landing on a large river near the city if you could sort out the transfer issue to the centre … so why did it not take off, so to speak? As a popular idea?