Unidentified Flying Boat
October 7, 2009 11:07 PM   Subscribe

AircraftFilter: Help me identify the aircraft in this photo

I looked entirely through my copy of The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft and found a couple that have a similar fuselage, wing placement, and tail section but they are quite obviously not the plane in the photo.

I did a quick search for airplane spotter / identification forums and couldn't find anything that looks all that good. I'll try posting to airliners.net or contacting an aircraft site owner (e.g. www.aviastar.org) but I figured I'd try here first to see if anyone knows; thanks!
posted by renovatio1 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
PB2Y Coronado
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:15 PM on October 7, 2009

That's a Boeing 314, made famous as the Pam-Am seaplane.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:17 PM on October 7, 2009

Actually, I'm not sure that's right. Your plane's tail isn't cambered and the nose on yours is longer.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:17 PM on October 7, 2009

(I was following up my own post, not contradicting CPB.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:19 PM on October 7, 2009

It's definitely a Boeing 314.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:24 PM on October 7, 2009

Here's an article with the photo.
posted by arzakh at 2:00 AM on October 8, 2009

Response by poster: This is, to me, unqualified proof that the Metafilter community is THE overall single best resource on the entire internet.

As for me, I need to brush up on basic aircraft identification since the Boeing 314 does show up in the encyclopedia (but the photo there is mirrored and shows the plane at a different angle so that it's harder to make out the features while skimming -- so I missed it).

There is no 'best answer' here: thank you all very much for your prompt responses.
posted by renovatio1 at 6:33 PM on October 8, 2009

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