Catalina at Cromarty

Well Catalina flying boats aren’t strangers to Cromarty although the Sunderlands were the more usual aircraft to have been based there. However I am less sure whether a Catalina in the US livery has previously been so welcome. A fantastic display in a beautiful patch of blue that suggests someone up there was enjoying the display to. You know even the most ardent wind farm campaigner needs a day off occasionally too. And just as an aside, it was one of my son’s colleagues that was flying it.


About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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2 Responses to Catalina at Cromarty

  1. dave ward says:

    Saw the old girl at Seething (Norfolk) a few years ago, after she had done a display at Lowestoft. I was able to have a walk round, and quick peek inside. On departure she was airborne in little more than 500 metres of runway, thanks to those huge wings!

    There was a good documentary on TV many years back called (IIRC) “The Last African Flying Boat”, which was about an attempt at recreating the Empire routes from Blighty to the former colonies. Must have been a wonderful way to travel, looking down from the observation blisters as a pair of radial engines rumbled away just above…

    • Pity there isn’t an old Sunderland around. Now that was travelling in comfort. The age when travel by plane was a real experience and not toothpaste squeezed in a tube. Flying today has become an expensive trial rather than the pleasure of new experiences that it ought to be. And mostly tied around security and terrorism legislation. The truth is that in this the terrorists have won because terrorism is actually less about blowing things up as making people fear that you might blow something up and the cost of protection restricts the freedom of all others.

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