Provisional Dates and Crew Announcement

The provisional dates are given below with the flight being subject to weather and the granting of various approvals.  There is still some fine tuning to be made to the flight plan regarding fuel uplifts and local flights.  That information plus more precise timings for the displays will be posted in due course.  In the meantime, the crew has been selected and details are now posted on the relevant page.

Day 1.  Wednesday 21st August.  Depart Duxford in the morning to fly down to Southampton and then past Netley Abbey the original start point on Southampton Water.  It is then coastal with a minimum crew (CAA rule) displaying in the afternoon at Ramsgate, Great Yarmouth (Gorleston-on-Sea) and Scarborough.  The first night will be spent at RAF Leeming courtesy of the Station Commander, Group Captain Reeves.
Day 2. Thursday 22nd.  Depart RAF Leeming and return to the coast before flying north, passing Seaham, Beadnell, RAF Leuchars and Montrose before displaying at Aberdeen.  The flight then continues passing RAF Lossiemouth, displaying at Cromarty and then down the Great Glen to land at Oban just as the Highland Games are drawing to a close.
Day 3.  Friday 23rd.  The “Rest Day” in Oban will comprise a morning display, local flight and then the aircraft will be open for inspection in the afternoon.  This break also allows a change of Captain and Crew Chief.
Day 4. Saturday 24th.  After a final opportunity to view the Catalina in the morning it will then depart Oban and fly down between Jura and Islay to Larne, down the coast past Loughshinny with a display just south of Dublin before continuing to Rosslare and then across the Irish Sea to Pembroke Dock, south to RMB Chivenor and then on to RAF St Mawgan for an overnight stay courtesy of the Station Commander, Wing Commander Lamb.
Day 5.  Sunday 25th.  Depart RAF St Mawgan for Lands End and then coastal to Falmouth for a display (south west of Pendennis Point) and then continue coastal around the southern side of the Isle of Wight before entering Southampton Water flying past Netley Abbey which was the finish point of the original race.  It will then continue on to its base at the IWM Duxford.
Day 6 Monday 26th is a reserve back up day.

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