Catalina recreates historic flight

A seaplane based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford has set off from Cambridgeshire to recreate an historic flight.

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Historic seaplane flight

100 years ago, the pioneering Australian aviator Harry Hawker made a failed attempt to fly a Sopwith seaplane around the coast of Britain.

Today, to mark the centenary of that flight - a Catalina amphibious aircraft set off from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire - in an attempt to follow the original route as closely as possible...

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Historic flight recreated

The Catalina G-PBYA, based at Duxford Credit: The Catalina Society

A seaplane based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford has set off from Cambridgeshire to recreate an historic flight.

The Catalina G-PBYA, 70 years old this month, will undertake the 1913 Circuit of Britain flight, which was flown by pilot Harry Hawker and mechanic Harry Kauper, both Australians, in a Sopwith Waterplane.

The journey is expected to take five days Credit: The Catalina Society

*The crew took off from Duxford this morning to begin the 1600 mile route over approximately five days. *

They will be flying over some key historic sites, including Kingston, where the Sopwith Factory was based, Hook in Chessington, where Harry Hawker is buried and Brooklands Aerodrome (now Brooklands Museum), where Harry Hawker learnt to fly and tested aircraft for use in the First World War. **

The Catalina will also orbit the Classic Boat Museum at Cowes, which has on display an 1/8 scale replica of the Bat Boat tested by Harry Hawker in 1913.**

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