View Full Version : Flying Boat on the Thames

7th May 2007, 16:37
Going through some old slides and thought people might be interested in seeing this one, from 1982 or 1983 (not sure).
You can see a larger version at this link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/488478731/).
What kind of flying boat was that?

7th May 2007, 16:43
Looks like it could be this one (http://www.fantasyofflight.com/aircraftpages/sunderland.htm).

7th May 2007, 17:30
It was indeed, Ed Hulton's Sandringham G-BJHS. Very nice!

Liffy 1M
7th May 2007, 17:42
More photos here:



7th May 2007, 17:43
Brendan where are you?

7th May 2007, 18:35
How long a take-off run did a Solent require? There doesn't appear to be too much space between Tower Bridge and the curve of the river at Rotherhithe...
I suppose if the 'boat was light with a good head-wind it would make the difference, even so, well done the pilot for getting it up in the space available!

Edit to put correct name of aeroplane in.

7th May 2007, 18:48
As in the style of "Blue Peter", here is one that was made earlier. Photograph taken by a S W Rawlings.
I understand that this was a BOAC Short Solent S45 flying boat G-AKNY City of London in the Pool of London for a naming ceremony.

7th May 2007, 19:44
One I took from a better angle.

Brian Abraham
8th May 2007, 09:46
This aircraft was originally built in 1944 as a Sunderland Mk III and later converted to a Mk V with the American engines. It flew with 3 different countries during the war starting with the British, then the Canadians, and finishing with the Norwegians. After the war, it was later used to haul supplies into Germany during the Berlin Airlift. It then saw service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force operating out of Fiji. In 1964, this aircraft was purchased by Australia’s Ansett flying boats to replace one that was lost moored in a storm. Converted to passenger use, it operated out of Sydney Harbor to Lord Howe Island, an island halfway to New Zealand. When a runway was constructed on the island, it was put up for sale with its companion, a 4-engine Sangringham flying boat. Famous Pan Am Flying Boat Captain Charlie Blair purchased both aircraft in the late 1960’s and flew them half way around the world for use in the Caribbean. After Blair was killed in a seaplane accident in the mid-seventies, the boats sat in Puerto Rico until they were eventually both flown back to England.

In February of 1993, Kermit Weekes purchased the Sunderland from Edward Hulton. Work on the Sunderland continued in England (Calshot) for the next 5 months. In July, Kermit and a crew of five flew the Sunderland across the Atlantic making stops in Ireland, Iceland and Canada. The Sunderland was flown directly to the 1993 Oshkosh Fly-In in Wisconsin and was left there for another year while the seaplane ramp was being constructed at Fantasy of Flight. The Sunderland arrived in Florida in August of 1994. In 1996, the Sunderland was flown to Sarasota, where it participated in the Olympic Torch relay to Atlanta by flying the Torch from Sarasota to Miami on the 4th of July.

11th May 2007, 12:24
Scoggy: I seem to remember reading it landed in Greenwich Reach or somewhere then taxied to the Pool of London.

11th May 2007, 22:05
chevvron - that would make sense, thank-you!