As someone who calls myself “The Flying Photog” I couldn’t very well go to Vancouver and not snap some photos of these interesting nautical aircraft. I do regret that on my trip to TBEX 2011 that I was never able to ride on one of these fascinating planes.
While visiting Vancouver a few years ago before an Alaskan cruise, I noticed these planes buzzing around the harbour. But, I was never able to get up close to them. It was this beautiful photo on Melanie Renzulli’s Instagram feed that brought my attention to these planes again on this trip. I sought her out, and she kindly directed me to where I could find the planes.
In case you’re wondering who had the cojones to fly the world’s first powered seaplane, Wikipedia tells us it was French engineer Henri Fabre, in 1910.
Now, on to the photos!