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.
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!
Ever wondered how photographers get some great air to air shots? I had a lengthy telephone call on Sunday and today I received a detailed email setting out the logistics of getting some photos of the Catalina coming down Southampton Water. Safety is the over-riding aspect along with attention to detail. Alas you will have to wait at least another 9 days to see the outcome.
Where has the weekend gone? Well to start, more work has been done on the press release material. Photos have gone off to Shell of the Catalina being oiled up during a recent service. Once the aircraft is back from a display over the weekend of 17th-18th August it will be cleaned and a number of decals applied. Finally, some excellent news on the Hawker family front. A number of relatives will be coming to Duxford for the departure of the Catalina on August 21st.
The Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) have joined the list of sponsors supporting the IWM Duxford based Catalina as it flies a Circuit of Britain to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the attempt by Harry Hawker and Harry Kauper in a Sopwith Waterplane. The CFPA is celebrating its own 40th anniversary with various events. Of course the Cromarty Firth was a busy base during WW2 but it has been many years since a Catalina last flew over the waters of the Firth let alone put on an air display.
Another day of progress. Telephone call with with IAA has resolved a number of issues in the Dublin CTR. The IWM is now listed for charity donations. Press releases being prepared. Fuel plans being finalised. More individual sponsorship has been forthcoming. Lots of emails and phone calls dealt with. A photo shoot for the Catalina is next on the list of jobs to do.
The Webmaster was hard at work over the weekend creating a new look. Hopefully, readers / followers will find it easier to view and navigate.
Local reporter, Lauren Rogers, has published some more news about the IWM Duxford based Catalina G-PBYA coming to visit the area on the afternoon of Wednesday 21st. Read all about it on the EDP24 or the Great Yarmouth Mercury24. Great photos of the Sopwith Waterplane on the beach with interested onlookers all around.
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.
The September issue of FlyPast has broken the news with “Catalina to mark Hawker centenary”. Page 7 provides the details plus a great air to air shot of Plane Sailing’s Catalina G-PBYA “Miss Pick Up”.