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W. Loyd Florence

The B-314 hull created such a vacuum that on glassy water it was necessary to do high speed runs 90 degrees to the takeoff path to break the suction. This would create waves. On actual takeoff the waves would break the suction on the hull. As an example this was frequent practice at Belem South America where there was absolutely no water movement. You could run for mile without getting airborne. The B-314 would build up a large amount of static electricity and about two feet off the water on landing there would be a bright flash of light from the discharge.

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