Flying Boats to Vaal Dam South Africa 1948

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Flying Boats to Vaal Dam South Africa 1948

Postby jaws » Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:07 am

Greetings all from Johannesburg,

I am trying to establish precise dates in 1948 for the first flights by Solent Flying Boats from Southampton to the Vaal Dam just outside Johannesburg.

I have found a number of conflicting reports/stories about:

Route proving flight.
Press/publicity flight.
Inaugural service.

I am looking for the dates of departure from England, the dates of arrival on the Vaal Dam and the aircraft that was used for each flight.

So, I would be grateful for any information that will piece it all together with 100% accuracy please.

Or a contact for a Flying Boat aficionado please.

Kind regards from a sweltering Johannesburg,


John Austin-Williams

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