Years ago Hank got this aluminum row boat in exchange for a debt owed. Hank liked flying better than boating so why not make this thing into a flying boat. Hank flew Wildcats in WW2 and had just finished and sold his Foker Triplane to the Reinbeck Aerodrome so this is just what he needed to keep busy when not riding his steam motorcycle around the airport. After finishing it Hank flew it around a few times. We all went in different planes over to the Macdill AFB safety seminar. The wind was a little stiff and crosswind for the runway and I member Hank asking for take off clearance from the taxiway that was right into the wind. Off he goes. After he was pretty sure the Clipper was airworthy he asked me if I'd like to be the first passenger. At 135 lbs I met the primary requirement... that and Hank knew I was fling my own garage built airplane. Anyway it was a cold February day and we boarded the clipper for Ft Desota park. The Clipper didn't do anything fast so it took a bit to get there. The smooth protected water there was a great spot for a flying boat. We came in gently, touched down and I proceeded to get soaked! Boy that water was cold. Powering back up the flat bottom Clipper jumped off the water. We had a great flight and I think with the very low rate of climb Hank decided that he just didn't have enough power for heavier passengers. To my knowledge I was the only passenger to ever fly in the Clipper and Hank was the only person to ever pilot the plane. Fun times we had at the Squirrel Squadron!

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