An Australian company is proposing retractable floats for the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules to create a U.S. equivalent of the TA600 amphibious aircraft under development by China’s Avic. With retracted floats, an aircraft would have 15-20% less drag than with fixed floats, says Tigerfish Aviation. The company has tested the concept with a one-sixth-scale model of a Cessna Caravan utility aircraft and previously worked with Boeing on applying the idea to the C-17 Globemaster. A ...

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