Last flying boat on the Thames?

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Last flying boat on the Thames?

Postby longshot » Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:43 pm

Sunderland G-BJHS 1982 ....... right click for full image
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Re: Last flying boat on the Thames?

Postby DavidLegg » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:50 am

G-BJHS was not the last flying boat to land on the Thames. The Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd Catalina, then G-BLSC, landed on the Thames twice in 1989. The first occasion was for a promotional sortie for the Rawlplug company when it taxied up the river and through Tower Bridge's spans. That was on 22Feb89. The second visit was on May 4th for some filming although this was done in the Estuary. The Sunderland visit shown in the heading photo was in August 1982 and it stayed until the following October.
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Re: Last flying boat on the Thames?

Postby longshot » Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:10 pm

Well I did use a question mark, David !....Are there any photos of G-BLSC on the Thames? Mick
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Re: Last flying boat on the Thames?

Postby DavidLegg » Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:43 pm

You did indeed. I do have one of the Rawlplug sortie - I'll try and figure out how to upload it! Watch this space....
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Re: Last flying boat on the Thames?

Postby longshot » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:13 pm

Catalina, Tower Bridge, 1989 ....image courtesy David Legg/Catalina Society
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Re: Last flying boat on the Thames?

Postby DavidLegg » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:36 pm

So, regarding the image above kindly hosted by 'longshot', this was taken on the return towards the Thames Estuary with Tower Bridge and St Paul's in the background. The visit was a promotional trip for the hardware company Rawlplug on 22 February 1989. At the time, the Catalina was registered G-BLSC and this was before she had rear hull blister turrets put back in place.
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