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Shaw 1915 Flying Boat
 
 Shaw-1915-01
 
A sportplane, the Shaw flying boat was rather different from other American flying boats in design, as well as construction. Typical was the very short fuselage of the hull, formed as a gliding airfoil, but in its bow was a three-cylinder, two-stroke, water-cooled, 90hp Johnson covered with an aluminium top. Just behind the motor was the radiator, and behind that two tandem cockpits with dual-controls, then the pusher prop operated by a long shaft and chain.
 
 Shaw-1915-02
 
Wings were linen-covered wooden frames with two spars, the front one of which as a layer of ash between two layers of spruce. Leading edges were made of five layers, four spruce and one ash, all secured by steel wire. Wood struts had a streamlined cross-section and were made from three layers of ash and two of spruce. Only the upper wing had ailerons.
 
 Shaw-1915-03
 
Tail section was rather compact and set at an angle to avoid trailing in the water. The lifting tailplane had an elevator in two parts, a stabilizer in three parts, and a balanced rudder. All were covered with linen. Both the lower wings and the tail section were attached to the fuselage with steel pipes, and on both sides of the fuselage a section of the lower wing was uncovered to provide a handy downward view.
 
 Shaw-1915-04
 
Fuselage was an ash and spruce frame covered with mahogany three-ply having a center layer of linen, and the deck's bow was covered with linen. Fuselage length was about 6 meters and had a hollow V-bottom with one step. Behind that step the bottom was flat.
 
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