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Airborne boat

Publication date: 2017-08-01

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Airborne boat

In our research on "intermodality" of all kinds, we came across a vessel transported by an airplane and launched by dropping it by parachute.

The Edo A-3 lifeboat was developed in 1947 mainly for the rescue of aircrews forced to "land" at sea and used by rescue squadrons of the US Air Force and US Coast Guard until the mid-1950s.

It had an engine, a tent, supplies for 12 men and even a "walkie-talkie." No one knows if anyone was rescued by the life-saving Edo A-3 class appliance.

The yellow boat was stowed bow aft below the airplane fuselage - the bulb visible in front is a cover for the propeller and rudder.

Edo A-3 lifeboat

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