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GALLERY: Jersey pilot stops by in last-of-its-kind wartime flying boat

GALLERY: Jersey pilot stops by in last-of-its-kind wartime flying boat

Tuesday 30 August 2022

GALLERY: Jersey pilot stops by in last-of-its-kind wartime flying boat

Tuesday 30 August 2022


Many islanders would have seen and heard an unusual aircraft today – a wartime Catalina circling the island before it landed at the Airport on a flying visit.

The Canadian-built flying boat, with a Jersey-born pilot at the controls, is the only flying Catalina left in Europe and one of only 12 left flying in the world. She is 80 years old and based at Duxford.

The aircraft, G-BPYA, is owned by 20 enthusiasts who have formed a company to display it at air shows.

Today, the former reconnaissance and, post war, fire-fighting aircraft was flown by one of its owners, Captain John Harmsworth, who was born and raised in Jersey and recently retired from Cathay Pacific. 

GALLERY... 

With thanks to Matt Gardiner for the photographs.

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