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Lake Amphibians

Although not the fastest airplane out there, the Lake is the only practical choice if you want a flying boat instead of a seaplane.

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Boats or floats? Thatís the first question many pilots wishing to operate off the water ask. Boats, of course, are airplanes with displacement hulls while float planes are conventional designs fitted with heavy and draggy pontoons.

For those who opt for boats, the practical choice narrows to one airplane: The venerable Lake Amphibian, an airplane that has become an icon for off-the-water flying.

Homebuilts aside, the Lake is the only displacement-hull amphibian being built today and, frankly, not many are rolling off the line. About a dozen new Lakesare built for civil use each year, plus an unknown number of the Seawolf, a military/utility variant. But there are plenty...

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