Edo XOSE-1: Johnny came too late.

After being for years and years the main provider of seaplane floats, the Edo Aircraft Corporation felt the urge to built the whole thing. They tried with their neat OSE, a multi-role floatplane built as both single and two-seaters. Looking like a tiny Hellcats on floats these floatplanes has a certain charm and some interesting features. To no avail, by the time it made its first flight in 1946 the US Navy’s “powers than be” had their mind in other -rotative- things. Only around ten were built and they didn’t even enter service.

Lovely formation pic of a pair of prototypes. They were that cute, a pity.

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