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Colonial Skimmer

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The Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer is a American small single-engined amphibian flying boat built by the Colonial Aircraft Corporation. It was the start of a line of very similar aircraft designed by David Thurston.


In 1946 David Thurston established the Colonial Aircraft Corporation to build his design for a small amphibian flying boat, the Skimmer.

The resulting design was an all-metal shoulder-wing cantilever monoplane with a single-step hull and stabilizing floats fitted under each wing. A retractable tricycle landing gear allows land operation. The Avco Lycoming engine with a pusher propeller is pylon-mounted above and aft of the enclosed cockpit.

The cabin has side-by-side seating for a pilot and passenger with room behind for another passenger.


The prototype first flew on 17 July 1948.

An improved four-seat variant was the C-2 Skimmer IV which through a succession of companies became the Lake Buccaneer.



See also

Related lists


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 

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