PICTURES: Flying boat will keep the golden era of aviation alive
An iconic flying boat will land at Newquay Airport this Saturday as part of a ceremony held to remember a flight lieutenant from Newquay who was lost over Afghanistan in six years ago.
The Catalina flying boat will land at 4pm on Saturday and depart at 1pm the following afternoon.
As part of the event, the Duxford-based Catalina will taxi to the nearby Classic Air Force site to pick up six passengers including 93-year-old former squadron leader W H Taylor, from near Newquay, who flew on the last ever operational flight of the RAF Lancaster from RAF St Mawgan, for a local flight down the beautiful Cornish coast.
Its crew and passengers will then join service personnel and air cadets to lay a wreath at a memorial at RAF St Mawgan to flight lieutenant Garteh Nicholas, who was lost in a tragic Nimrod crash over Afghanistan in 2007. By marking the occasion, co-pilot Jeff Boyling said he hoped to inspire younger generations with the wonders of flying and keep the golden era of aviation alive today.
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Steve Bridgewater said the team at Classic Air Force will be ensuring that as many people as possible can view the aeroplane. He said: "We are highly excited to host the Catalina at Classic Air Force. "It is one of the most iconic of all flying machines and will be in company alongside our classic British aircraft from the 1950s and sixties.
The Catalina Crew includes Rod Brooking, who has over 40 years flying experience. and is one of the most experienced current Catalina captains in the UK. Also will be Crew Chief, Shaun Jarvis, John Warman, David Legg, who were part of the the crew for the London fly-past commemorating the 70th anniversary Battle of the Atlantic.