On Saturday 24th the IWM Duxford based Catalina G-PBYA flew an orbit over Loughshinny where Harry Hawker’s attempt to fly a Circuit of Britain had come to an end. The Catalina completed the Circuit of Britain on Sunday 25th August 2013, nearly 100 years after the first attempt. On Wednesday 28th, Jeff Boyling paid a visit to Loughshinny to meet some of the locals involved in their own commemoration to Harry Hawker. Jeff was met by local resident Cepta Butler, Kevin Murray of the Loughshinny Historical Association, aviation historian Bob Montgomery and Councillor Ciaran Byrne. It was a sunny day and the scene of Harry’s mishap was inspected along with the plaque unveiled on the Sunday by a representative of the Australian Government.
From left to right Ciaran Bryne, Bob Montgomery, Cepta Butler and Kevin Murray with Jeff Boyling by the Plaque.
The IWM Duxford based Catalina G-PBYA operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd returned safely to Duxford yesterday afternoon. The Catalina had spent 5 days on a Circuit of Britain to commemorate 100 years since the attempt by Harry Hawker and Harry Kauper in a Sopwith Waterplane. Although the flight has been successfully completed there is still a lot to do. The website will be updated with information and photos of the flight over the coming weeks. There are hundreds of emails, posts and comments to be responded to and that is on the “to do” list. For now, a big thank you to all who have been involved. You have contributed to a truly memorable experience!
Just been interviewed by Macca on ABC Radio in Australia. The programme is a popular choice on a Sunday morning and goes nationwide. Hopefully, as a result there will be a bit of interest in Harry Hawker and the 100th Anniversary of his Circuit of Britain flight in the Sopwith Waterplane.
This base is the planned overnight stop on the first day, Wednesday 21st. The team there have been absolutely brilliant in terms of facilitating the arrival of the IWM Duxford based Catalina. Naturally, the crew are looking forward to the visit!
Esther Blaine at the IWM Duxford has been a real star getting the ball rolling with the Press Call and Press Release. RAF Leeming have been in touch about the operational aspects of the Catalina coming. The Webmaster has been busy providing other IT / technical input. Names of invited guests for the various local flights are firming up. Still plenty to do though!
What a day! The decals from the RAFBF arrived by courier today and will be affixed to the aircraft prior to the flight. Other decals are expected. Another council has come on board with sponsorship for the local Control Point display and flight costs. Watch out for a formal announcement. Lots of calls from other parties involved namely CAA, the Garda in Ireland, regional press and Shell all gearing up for this 100th Anniversary of a historic flight. Also found some rare footage of Hawker and seaplane on Southampton Water.