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It cant learn any flying type moves and it only makes it weaker...

I guess it protects against ground type moves
It learns bounce.

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Well the reason why Gyarados is a water/flying is because originally they planned to make Gyarados a water/dragon but the problem was that he would only have 1 weakness (dragon) and at the time of the 1st generation there was only 1 dragon move(Dragon Rage). because they wanted to balance Gyarados they changed it into water/flying

Hopes this explains why Gyarados is water/flying.

it flies like a chinese dragon
also it would be worse as JUST water by the way
I think they should've just kept it as water type until second gen and then changed him to water/dragon.
honestly they could've just made it water dark like the mega version...
Although, now, if they were still to change him to Water/Dragon, he can be weak to Dragon AND Fairy types which will still keep him balanced. A LOT of Pokémon have weaknesses they shouldn't have. Game Freak or whoever should really take a look at these Pokémon.
they couldn't have changed it to water dark at the time because dark and steel types came into existence in the second game.
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Its Flying-type may be a reference of koinobori, a carp-shaped wind sock traditionally flown to celebrate the Children's Day in Japan, formerly called Tango no Sekku (端午の節句).