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That's freakin' awesome. Float planes are way cool, unless a big gust of wind creates a bigger than planned for wave, while taking off or landing. . . . Takeoff - pilot pulls stick back and forth as speed increases, so as to break the surface tension between the floats and water.
At the end of the season floatplanes can be landed on the grass beside the runway. This is done by the best pilot available with the plane as light as possible. It helps if the grass is wet but it's not essential. Beaching gear is then attached to the floats and the airplane is towed to the hangar.
Go to youtube and search for 'float plane grass landing'.
It's also possible that the plane landed on wheels at the airport and had the landing gear changed over to floats. It is possible to have wheels, skis, wheel/skis, amphib floats or 'straight floats' fitted. Wheel/skis and amphib floats allow the pilot to select whether he wants to land on wheels or not, few commercial operators use amphibs as the weight penalty cuts into the payload.
Dang! Wet grass! Great stuff! We love it when you talk dirty.
I now feel knowledgeable enough to talk smack at my local bar named "The Hangar," to the point where I can be a total bore about floatplanes. I guess my wading-pool-on-the-flatbed idea (#4.1.1) remains a foolish dream.
So this wasn't terribly difficult, considering that an unloaded Ford F-150 can go 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds, covering only 264 feet. That explains why the drive down the runway looked so leisurely.
With those kinds of speeds, I'm waiting for the video answer to Dave's question. Just imagine it: an oversized plastic wading pool--complete with water and inflated ducky--on a large flatbed truck, and the floatplane gently stalling into it at 55mph.