May 312011
 

A three-view of the Martin Model 313 “Submaster,” XP7M-1, from 1956.  This was to be an “open ocean” anti-submarine patrol plane; it would operate well out at sea, refueling and reprovisioning from ships. Sadly for fans of flying boats, the whole idea of the flying boat was falling out of favor by this point, and the role was eventually filled by the land-based Lockheed P3 Orion.

And here it is again, cleaned up in glorious black and white:

 Posted by at 4:05 pm
  • Pat Flannery

    Really nice-looking aircraft, although you would expect it to have retracting wing floats to up speed a bit.

  • Stéphane BEAUMORT

    Great! The mention “Amphibious version” makes one wonder what other configuration was planned (pure flying boat? land based?).

    • admin

      I believe “pure flying boat.”

  • Pat Flannery

    Did the Japanese look at this design?:
    http://www.aviastar.org/air/japan/shin_meiva.php

  • TimothyC

    Would it be acceptable to use these as references for a shipbucket scale and style drawing?

    • admin

      ???

      Why wouldn’t it?

      • TimothyC

        Just covering my own rear.