Discussion in 'History' started by BillyNoMates, Feb 27, 2008.
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Fascinating sites, Billy. I get the feeling that the compiler of the first one is a teensy bit anti-carrier!
Brings back watching the SARO Princess do a flypast at Farnborough in the 1950s. Saunders Roe had come along way from an Isle of Wight boatbuilder - the original Saunders is buried at Whippingham in a coffin shaped like a boat. In the late 40s there was a SARO jet flying-boat fighter proposed which would operate from remote island bases, the publicity used to show it soaring above a palm-fringed atoll etc. There ware still Sunderlands at China Bay in Ceylon in '56.
Remember Sunderlands coming in and out of the Sound in Guzz in the 50s - now that was a sight worth seeing.
Then they flew a Catalina across the Atlantic more recently, and it hit a buoy in the Sound, messily removing one of the wing floats......
I remember the Catalina incident, I was an RO1(T) working at Longroom at the time and was talking to them on their approach, terrible waste, it had just been restored IIRC.
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