By Richard Wright
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Flying boat Catalina over the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Karl Drage and Jon Butts.
THIS was the stunning image enthusiasts wanted to capture over the Isle of Wight.
It records the only flying boat still in the air in this country, Catalina, above the iconic Union Jack hangar at Venture Quays, East Cowes.
The flight, captured for posterity on Wednesday, last week, was part of the Hawker 2013 Project, in which pilot Jeff Boyling flew around Britain.
It commemorated the centenary of Harry Hawker’s unsuccessful attempt to win the Daily Mail Prize for a round-Britain flight.
Hawker was test pilot for the Sopwith Bat-Boat being built by Saunders-Roe at East Cowes in March 1913. There is currently an exhibition in part of the company’s old hangar which houses the Classic Boat Museum Gallery.
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