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I've always liked the Sunderland - graceful, elegant, and as tough as old boots!  I knew a lovely old chap who'd flown them during the war and, during the evacuation of Crete, his aircraft was so heavily laden with wounded that they were having difficulty taking off.  Round the headland came a German gunboat, and a turning gunfight ensued, with the Sunderland still straining to get airborne.  Crossing the wake of the enemy boat finally allowed the Sunderland to "unstick" from the water, and they flew to Alexandria, at an altitude of 10 feet all the way!

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Continuing with the Sunderland. All Scottish connection as they were photographed at their bases/ factory in Dumbarton, Helensburgh, Oban, Alness/Invergordon, Islay and Wig Bay.

The one in the floating dock at Bruichladdich, Islay is the first I've seen of a floating dry dock for the Sunderland.

 

 

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The five Sea Vixens of "Simon's Sircus" led by Lt Commander Simon Idiens.

He went on to eventually marry the mother of actress Kristen Scott-Thomas,her father,Simon Scott-Thomas,

was killed in a Sea Vixen crash on the night of March 17th,1966.

Simon Idiens was killed in 1972 in an accident when his parachute failed to open after ejecting from

Phantom XT876(767 NAS) which suffered a control loss at 31,000 feet,both pilot and backseater abandoned

the aircraft at 15,000 feet.

The backseater survived,but both the Phantom and Simon Idiens body were never recovered,the Phantom

went in 27 miles North West of St Mawgan.

Kristen Scott-Thomas' memorial to both her father and step father at the FAA chapel,Yeovilton.

Simon Scott Thomas and Simon Idiens | Memorial to the father ...

We visited in 2021 where I paid my respects to both men.

 

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We went out for a drive today and as I drove up the A8 towards Glasgow, I had a look over at Dumbarton rock.  No Sunderlands though.

Here's some Bothas and Sunderland from the Blackburn factory there

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The Blackburn B20 was built there.

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We crossed the Clyde and came home via Helensburgh.

As we passed Rhu, I let my imagination go mad and pretend the the MAEE( Marine Aircraft Experimantal Establishment) were still there with all of their exotica

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I've been to Castle Kennedy a couple of times and didn't realise there used to be an airfield there. Google maps shows that it's still there although from the state of the runway I doubt many aircraft use it now. The place is better known now for the Castle Kennedy gardens.

 

There's something special about flying boats.

This is a new one for me – Shorts Scion Senior FB (Flying Boat):

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1 hour ago, Gorby said:

I've been to Castle Kennedy a couple of times and didn't realise there used to be an airfield there. Google maps shows that it's still there although from the state of the runway I doubt many aircraft use it now. The place is better known now for the Castle Kennedy gardens.

 

There's something special about flying boats.

This is a new one for me – Shorts Scion Senior FB (Flying Boat):

 

Ooh I dunno about not in use:

http://www.castlekennedyairfield.co.uk/

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