Cold War Reject: The Soviet Union Turned Its Back on This
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Michael Peck

Aviation History,

Not a bad idea, but Moscow soon realized ICBMs were way better.


Here's What You Need to Remember: Seaplanes have always had a military dimension. In World Wars I and II, cruisers and battleships carried them for scouting and to spot the fall of the ship’s gunfire. Long-range floatplanes like Japan’s Kawanishi H8K could fly 4,500 miles across the Pacific.

With airline passengers crammed like sardines, it’s hard to remember there was a time when airliners were...

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