Super Cool Flying Boat

I probably don't need the "Super Cool", do I? 'Cause a flying boat is pretty awesomely cool on its own. This is a waterbomber stationed out at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island. There's a whole set of pictures of this lovely aircraft at this Flickr site. Go and drool.

Or check out my coworker's photo stream of the same plane, including sweet cockpit shots and all sorts of fun stuff all around. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Flying Boats. WHY did long-range jet aircraft have to be invented? I'd travel WAY more if I could take a DAY to cross the Pacific, on comfy seats with well-dressed passengers on something like this baby, rather than squeezed into "Economy" seats for nine hours of HELL.

HELL, I tell you. HELL.