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They Float! c.1957

They Float! c.1957

Taken at an unidentified airport where seaplanes were abundant in 1957 or so. I believe the pretty blue and white plane is a Piaggio P-136-L1, dwarfed by a Brazilian Consolidated PBY. View full size.

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Long-Lived Airplanes

My wife thinks I'm kidding her when I tell her that planes can remain in service so long. Here's a photo of perhaps the prettiest plane my dad ever owned, a Mooney, taken 1962. This plane is still in service, somewhere in Texas, and I bet it's still a beauty!


No longer registered as N220A

That does look like a Piaggio P136. Unfortunately, that N-number is no longer assigned to that aircraft, so I can't tell for sure. N220A is now a Beech 95 TravelAir.
At some point the N220A number must have been freed up - either that amphibian was removed from service for some reason, someone requested a new registration number, or it was re-registered in another country.

For what it's worth, there are only 14 P136's left in the FAA registry, so if that plane's still around, it's a real rarity.

Interestingly, Piaggio P136 serial number 220 (a 1959 model) is still around, currently registered in Ohio under the number N40029. Could that be the same airplane, perhaps?

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