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RC Amphibious Airplanes

There are primarily three types of radio controlled amphibious airplanes. The first type are airplanes that actually float on their belly like a boat.

The second type are RC airplanes with pontoon-like floats in place of standard landing gear with wheels.

Then you have contraptions that look like hydro boats, but actually fly!

RC Sea Planes

The terms RC seaplanes and RC float planes are used interchangeably. For this discussion, RC seaplanes refer to the type of airplanes that actually float on their bellies like a boat.

Military airplanes, such as the PBY Catalina seen in the picture, played a huge roll in WWII.

Because the PBY Catalina could float, the entire ocean could be utilized as a giant runway allowing it to land literally anywhere.

The Catalina rescued thousands of downed pilots throughout the war. This airplane was also used for carrying cargo and served as an escort for military convoys.

PBY Catalina


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RC Float Planes

A set of floats can turn just about any RC airplane into an amphibious airplane. For obvious reasons, RC planes with top mounted wings are the most common choice for installing floats.

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Installing floats on your airplane can be lots of fun, and it's fairly easy to do.  It can also lead to a lot of frustration if you select the wrong size or install them improperly.  Following the below steps will insure smooth sailing and flying at the lake!

Float Plane Fundamentals

Float Selection

Water Rudder Selection and Installation

RC Flying Boats

Want to turn some heads? Take an RC Flying Boat to your next outing to the lake.

RC flying boats actually look like typical hydro boats. So you can just about imagine the reaction you'll get when this "boat" takes to the sky...

Not only can they fly, some of the larger ones like the F4 Airship to the right can pull off some impressive 3D maneuvers that will totally blow peoples' minds when it rises out of the water!

More RC planes that land on water...

Top of Amphibious Airplanes

Let’s Go Flying!

5 Steps for Successful First Flight!

When the RC bug bites, it bites hard!

Control yourself my friend!

Save yourself much time and money by following these five steps to success!


1:Choose the Right Plane

2: Understand the Physics of Flight

3: Learn the Controls!

4: Join a Club

5: Buy a Simulator