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Albatross flying boat manufacturing returns and will be built in AustraliaA new version of the legendary Albatross flying boat will be built in Darwin, featuring digital avionics and enhanced turboprop engines from Pratt & Whitney. Manufacturers Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) said the new generation G-111T is an “incredible aircraft of great and practical use to humanity” because of its huge variety of uses, including search and rescue, freight and coastal surveillance. (australianaviation.com.au) More...
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And unlike the Clipper this thing has landing gear which will make it even more versatile. I have no doubt that if performance is good and the price is right this thing will be a huge success. And it looks great too!
The HU-16 Albatross was an amphibious aircraft. It already had landing gear. The Clipper was a totally different aircraft, larger and four engines instead of two.
Clipper is a generic term that referred to several (or many depending on your point of view) different aircraft types. Sikorski, Consolidated, Boeing, and Vought all built examples.
In this context, it doesn't.
When I was based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Texas back in 1963 and 1964 the Coast Guard had 2 HU16-E based there. As a Navy Diver, my dive partner and I had a chance to ride along on a mission. There was a Shrimp boat in the gulf taking on water so we delivered a pump so they could stay afloat and maintain a sea worthy vessel. The delivery was a water landing. Everything worked out for the Shrimp boat. As I remember the aircraft was very noisy with only 3 to 4 seats in the cabin area. It had an auxiliary power unit (very noisy) in the back of the cabin area. They used it to start both engines. We were glad to help and enjoyed the ride. What an interesting day that was. BTW… Navy Corpus had at that time squadrons of T-34 / T-28 / A-1E Skyraders and TS-2A Grumman Tracker for multi-engine training. They also had P2V Neptune’s. Those were the days of Round Engines. What a sound to remember.