....251 and 159 miles per hour as compared
with 202 and 135 miles per hour for the Mariner. Clearly, the
Marlin was a more capable aircraft than its well-known
The Marlin was primarily an antisubmarine
aircraft and, as such, was equipped with a variety of electronic
detection equipment. Offensive armament consisted of various
combinations of torpedoes, bombs, depth charges, and rockets. A
number of these stores could be carried in the elongated engine
nacelles. Several power-operated turrets were provided for
defense. Like most large, long-range patrol aircraft, the P5M had
a galley and provisions for crew rest on long flights.
Of a total of 259 P5M boats built, 145
were the P5M-2 version. The last new one was accepted by the Navy
in 1960. After a long and useful career, the P5M was finally
retired from Navy service in 1967.
Today, the four-place Lake amphibian
flying boat for the private owner, equipped with a 200-horsepower
engine, is the only new flying boat offered for sale in the United
States. Is the proud era of the flying boat ended, or will new
applications of this versatile type of aircraft be found? Perhaps
the next few years will provide the answer.