Some, but not all, sea planes come with wheels in their floats so that they can work on the water or land. But have you ever thought about how a plane without wheels, water or runway would take off? The answer is incredibly cool to watch.

The plane is on a little cart at the back of a truck and speeds down the runway. When it hits take off speed the amazing part happens. The float plane goes from sitting on its little platform to airborne in just a split second.

While the video is quite short, you're definitely going to want to watch it a few times just to see how the process works. Scroll down to check it out.


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      Arizonarelax
      • 7 Months Ago
      I would be more impressed if it landed on the trailer.
        windexsunday
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Arizonarelax
        Then go to an airshow, happens all the time http://youtu.be/a8Fx_ir6McI
      JayP
      • 7 Months Ago
      Where's the treadmill?
      shngarmr
      • 7 Months Ago
      It looks like a Piper Super Cub; a lightweight aircraft. Their rotation and stall speeds are very low, so they can take-off and land in very short distances. Trailer launches are not unheard of for lightweight float planes that don't have traditional undercarriage and have to take off from land. It's still very dangerous, though.
        nano404
        • 7 Months Ago
        @shngarmr
        Just looked it up, VR is 40mph! Wow. Do the pilots just idle until it lifts off then go full throttle? I wouldn't trust being in the truck, much less in the bed of it.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 7 Months Ago
      This gives me an idea if I ever want to become a criminal. Commit a robbery at night in south Florida at a jewelry store. Take like $20,000,000 with of merchandise. Have a plane connected to a truck that's driven by remote control. Then just leave and take off by plane and fly to another country or point where we can refuel and continue the journey south into South America. Then live in Brazil or Columbia in style.
        BipDBo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        Don't forget to post your plan online so that you get caught.
        GOVT MOTOR
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        I expect to see you CNN soon
        johnnyhedwardsjr
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        @denniskfc Like I said the truck will be driven by remote. It will be me and one other person. One will control the truck and the other the plane. We will pick a location in the middle of the night that's close to the 95 freeway. It's straight and easy to pick up speed. When we take off the truck will crash and the police will initially assume that we crashed the truck and took off on foot. By the time they realize that the truck was remote controlled and that we had a plane we will be long gone.
        Jeff H
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        So many missing pieces to even comment but WTH, getting away with 20 million in jewelry won't happen, second, why leave the country and get killed trying to sell it for pennies on a dollar in a foreign land. The US coast guard or Air force would drop you in the water. Maybe you should look into moving there anyway since they would benefit from your obvious intelligence. You could always get a job picking and chewing cocaine leaves in the mountains, learn the trade , steal a ton of cocaine and sell it in south FL and live in style.
        denniskfc
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        So how are you going to drive the plane and the truck during take off at the same time? doing it mythbuster style by remote? good luck controlling both
      Jaybird248
      • 7 Months Ago
      When a plane reaches a certain takeoff speed, and enough force builds under the wing, you really can't hold it down. It just goes up, and that's true for an Airbus A380 same as for a Piper Cub.
      Ricky
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm curious to know how the seaplane ended up at this runway to begin with.
        dfkd
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ricky
        I'm guessing there's no such thing as a "sea hangar" for doing repairs/maintenance to sea planes so they have to bring it in to a regular hangar... at an airport.
          Bernard
          • 7 Months Ago
          @dfkd
          They probably picked it up at a sea port and towed it to the hanger.
          nano404
          • 7 Months Ago
          @dfkd
          I'm guessing there's probably not enough sea planes operating in one area to justify a specialised hangar. Plus it would a pain in the butt if you dropped a screw in the water!
        BipDBo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ricky
        I'm guessing that it had standard landing gear but was retrofitted with pontoons in the hanger. What better way to get it to its new waterfront location? Often these pontoons will often have retractable wheels, but it doesn't looks like this plane has that.
        SloopJohnB
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ricky
        Looks like a relatively new plane..perhaps it was just fitted with sponsons?
        993cc
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ricky
        At the airport near my cottage I've seen float planes land on the grass when it is wet, then take off from a trailer. It's not as rare as you'd think.
      Brett Red-Dog Evans
      • 7 Months Ago
      I wonder if the truck caused any wind shear or anything on takeoff. I've seen airplanes mounted on the roofs of cars, but taking off from behind a car seems a bit scary.
      diffrunt
      • 7 Months Ago
      That was easy, now, PUTITBACK !!
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