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Riviera Guy



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:24 pm    Post subject: Catalina Reply with quote

One of the aircraft displaying at the 2017 Torbay Air Show, Paignton was a Catalina - and what an impressive sight it made too.

This particular Catalina was originally supplied to the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1943. After military service it was used for many years as an air borne fire fighter based in Marseille in the mid 60s. In the70s and 80s it fulfilled a similar role in Canada. By the late 90s the plane was languishing in storage until it was purchased in 2004 and restored back to its original RCAF colour scheme by its current operators, Plane Sailing Air Displays based at Duxford.

To see some pics of the Catalina, as well as the other planes on display over the weekend, please visit my Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/riviera_guy/albums/72157684753910095
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is such a lovely old aircraft, we have seen it flying a few times and it has so much character.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:18 pm    Post subject: Catalina Flying Boat Reply with quote

A close friend of mine flew Catalina's in the Middle East at the latter end of WW2. At the start of WW2 he joined the LDV (Home Guard) then joined the RAF and went to the USA as part of the Towers Flight Training Scheme based at Pensacola. There he got his RAF wings and became a Flight Sergeant. He is 94 years old but still has a good memory for those years, just recently I had his Flight Log for a while; makes interesting reading!

I also have a photo of him in front of the Catalina at Duxford; the same one shown in the photo.

Finally there was a British Pensacola Veterans Association; I have a copy of the 1979 Nominal Roll but I do not think the Association is still going.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Catalina Flying Boat Reply with quote

RogerB wrote:
A close friend of mine flew Catalina's in the Middle East at the latter end of WW2. At the start of WW2 he joined the LDV (Home Guard) then joined the RAF and went to the USA as part of the Towers Flight Training Scheme based at Pensacola. There he got his RAF wings and became a Flight Sergeant. He is 94 years old but still has a good memory for those years, just recently I had his Flight Log for a while; makes interesting reading!

I also have a photo of him in front of the Catalina at Duxford; the same one shown in the photo.

Finally there was a British Pensacola Veterans Association; I have a copy of the 1979 Nominal Roll but I do not think the Association is still going.

RogerB


Somewhere I've an old print drawing of a Catalina, which appears to have signatures of various crew members all around the outside of it. It came from a collector's centre some years ago for a modest amount, I did begin to research some of the names, I must pick that up again sometime.

RJ

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Catalina Flying Boat Reply with quote

Rick,

Is it possible for you to find the print and email me a copy?

I could then check the signatures (if readable!) against the Nominal Roll I have or show it to my Catalina Pilot friend and ask him if he recognises anyone.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Catalina Flying Boat Reply with quote

RogerB wrote:
Rick,

Is it possible for you to find the print and email me a copy?

I could then check the signatures (if readable!) against the Nominal Roll I have or show it to my Catalina Pilot friend and ask him if he recognises anyone.

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I'll have a look for it, and do a scan when it turns up.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: Catalina Flying Boat Reply with quote

Thank you......

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
The Plain Sailing Catalina got stuck, with an engine failure, on Loch Ness.

This BBC Alba programme follows the rescue and return to flight, the film is dated MMXX so I suppose it must have happened last year, though I can't remember any news mention of it.

Being an ALBA programme it is voiced generally in Gaelic, with English subtitles.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000rrbp/teicheadh-bho-loch-nisescape-from-loch-ness
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting! Thanks for posting.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nov 2020. Out of the water for repair. Dec 3rd 2020. Refueled at Inverness and flew back to her home at Duxford.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM6ecqLvPoM
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No word of what went wrong the engine?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read that they were unable to start the engine due to starter equipment failure.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That happened to me at LHR some years ago.
The BA pilot announced that a starter had exploded. (I wish pilots of aircraft would not use the word 'exploded').
We taxied to the other side of the airport, changed the starter & took off about 45 mins late.
Not too bad.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MVPeters wrote:
That happened to me at LHR some years ago.
The BA pilot announced that a starter had exploded. (I wish pilots of aircraft would not use the word 'exploded').
We taxied to the other side of the airport, changed the starter & took off about 45 mins late.
Not too bad.
Chinese,?.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not Chinese....... They take off side ways.........
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