The ShinMaywa US-2: Japan’s STOL Seaplane


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Summary The ShinMaywa US-2 is an upgrade of the older US-1 with enhanced features. It has attracted interest from several other countries, offering export opportunities. Exporting US-2 to other nations could increase capacity beyond what ShinMaywa can produce. The ShinMaywa US-2 is a Japanese amphibious aircraft with short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. With its maiden flight in December 2003, the aircraft was introduced in March 2007. ShinMaywa US-2 is known for its enhanced boundary layer control technology, allowing superior stall suppression performance. While amphibious aircraft (that can operate on both land and water) were a norm before World War...