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 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.**
The 70th anniversary of the arrival of the first American airmen at RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire is being marked in a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum which opens on April 13th
It tells the stories of the men and women who arrived in 1943 and became part of the community in which they were based.
As well as aircraft, photographs and other historic artefacts the museum will also be hosting Americans in Britain Tours - telling the tales of individual air crew members, their bravery in conflict and their off duty exploits.
Events marking the anniversary will continue until December