THE only flying boat still airborne in the UK will be seen over East Cowes and Cowes — as part of a round-Britain flight.
The Catalina is taking part in the Hawker 2013 Project to commemorate Harry Hawker’s brave, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to win the Daily Mail prize of 1913 for flying around Britain.
Organiser of the 2013 flight is Jeff Boyling, who will be piloting the aircraft during the flight.
The plane circled over Cowes on the outbound flight on Wednesday and is due to return similarly on the return flight tomorrow (Sunday).
It is designed to recognise Harry Hawker’s connection with Cowes as the test pilot for the Sopwith Bat-Boat in March 1913 — and it coincides with the Bat-Boat exhibition, which is on show at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery at Venture Quays, East Cowes, until the end of September.
Hawker piloted the Bat-Boat amphibian in July, 1913 to win the Mortimer-Singer prize for an aircraft able to operate from land and water.
On Sunday the Catalina is timed to fly over Cowes at 3.31pm, subject to weather conditions.
Full details can be found at http://projecthawker2013.com/schedule/