Flying Russian Amphibians
I have a soft spot for flying boats. Even the when the design seemed a bit outlandish they still possess a fluid graceful shape that is pleasing. Russian boats are well documented and many photos, blueprints and colored drawings exist. It makes my life easier when here is such a wealth of source material to draw from.
The Grigorovich M-9 (alternative designation ShCh M-9, sometimes also Shchetinin M-9) was a Russian World War I-era biplane flying boat, developed from the M-5 by Dmitry Pavlovich Grigorovich.
M-9 was a very successful flying boat, similar to the M-5. It was reliable, was operational on waves over half a meter high, and had above average handling characteristics. The M-9 could be craned to and from the water and ship. The M-9 was also capable of landing on snow without special skis.
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- War is Over: Russian aviation in WW1: Flying boats "http://www.wio.ru/ww1a/fboat.htm"
- From Wikipedia Grigorovich M-9, "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigorovich_M-9"
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