Is it a boat - is it a plane? It's both!
My entry for boatsfriday (especially for Hans who put up a boat that goes under the water, I put up one that fly's over the water).
The Boeing 314 "Clipper" flew the transatlantic route between North America and Europe between 1937 and 1950. Passengers enjoyed unprecedented luxury on what was a 17 hour flight.
This image was taken in the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. This is a life size replica of the plane that flew over 2000 trips over the Atlantic in what must have been a most amazing experience for those lucky enough (or rich enough) to take the trip.
Sadly, there are no exhisting examples of this wonderful part of aviation history from an era when to fly a trans atlantic trip was such a wonderful and romantic adventure.
If you ever are lucky enough to find yourself in the area, a visit to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum is an absolute must:
My image is of the replica's cockpit with an archive image of the B314 taking off from the River Shannon at Foynes.