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"THE  LAST  SUNDERLAND  FLYING  BOAT"

A CLASSIC AIRCRAFT - OUR HISTORY - OUR HERITAGE

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The Last Sunderland Flying Boat.

This short trailer shows a selection of shots taken from this 55 minute documentary film.
 

About the film:    APPRECIATION OF ML814,'ISLANDER

55 min. video of this superb aircraft, whilst based at Calshot 1991/9.
Maintenance, launching, many take-offs, landings & much, much more. 
Anecdotes & comments from many of those involved with the aircraft, 
which is now owned by Kermit Weeks and based in Florida.

Built in 1944 at Short Brother's factory, Belfast.
In service with 201, 422 &330 squadrons during the war.
Served with 5 Sqn.RNZAF (NZ 4108) 1953 - 1963.
Brought medical facilities to the Islands of the South Pacific.
Adapted to a civil airliner, providing an essential link between
Lord Howe Island and Australia with Ansett Flying Boat Services.
Following owners: Charles Blair (Antilles Air Boats)
Then by Edward Hulton before being sold to
Kermit Weeks and flown to Florida, 1993.
 
CONTENTS:
1. 'DEPENDABLE ENGINES' - Calshot.
Running the four Pratt & Witney engines approx.
prior to shut down for the Winter, 1991.
2. ' RETURN TO THE SEA' - Launching July 6th.1993
. Now named 'Fantasy of Flight'.
3. 'TEST FLIGHTS OVER SOUTHAMPTON WATER' 16 "
Circuits and Splashes. 4 take-offs, 4 landings.
4. 'REFUELLING OFF CALSHOT JETTY'
Gallons not litres
5. 'MOORING'
On tow from jetty to buoy
6. 'FINAL TEST FLIGHT'
Low over Calshot Castle.
7. 'FAREWELL'
Departure for Florida, 1230 Tuesday, July 20th. 1993
Includes anecdotes and comments from: Ken Emmott,
Kermit Weeks, Vic Hodgkinson, Dick Froggatt,
John Godfrey and Peter Smith.

PATRICK KEMPE 1993

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