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It's been tried before (there isn't all that much in aviation that hadn't already been tried by WWII). The tail float means the aircraft CG is aft of the hydrodynamic center of the main floats, and like a tailwheel airplane, the machine will be dynamically unstable, steering wise, when on the step, same as a wheeled taildragger and you will have to prevent ...


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Yes when I was bush flying in Northern Ontario (C-185 on straight floats) I used turning takeoff runs from time to time when loaded and with limited space. You start the turn once on the step. Step turns are a normal skill on floats although it's not a good idea to do it on choppy water in high winds. The guy in the video had insufficient space to take off ...


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The closest anyone has come to something that could be called a feasible all-terrain gear is the Air Cushion Landing System developed by Bell Aerospace and tested initially on a Lake Buccaneer, which lead to a test of a system Bell developed for the DeHavilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo under a joint program between DH, the Canadian Govt, and the USAF. The ...


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