Funny-Lookin' Floater

undated U.S. Army Air Corps photograph

This is a rare photo of an Army Air Corps XC-47C transport plane. This experimental craft was basically a C-47 Skytrain equipped with Edo Model 78 floats, or pontoons, for water landings. Each float was, in turn, fitted with two retractable wheels for normal landings. The tail number of this particular aircraft is (4)2-5671; it crashed during testing before the end of the war, and never flew in combat.

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