Question: Why did flying boats stop?

The end of the flying boat was largely due to the island-hopping campaign of World War II. The United States military built a lot of airbases throughout the course of that war, many of which had long runways. This allowed long-range, land-based planes, like the Consolidated PB4Y Liberator/Privateer to operate.

Are there any China Clippers left?

Sadly, no B314 Clippers exist today. Below is the catalog showing the fate of the Yankee Clipper and all other B314 flying boats operated by Pan Am and BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation).

Can Ekranoplan fly?

Ekranoplans can fly in ground effect over land as well as water, technically, but at 250 or 300 mph, you wouldnt want to do it over anything but an enormous desert or a trackless prairie.

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