video of this superb aircraft, whilst based at Calshot 1991/9.
Maintenance, launching, many take-offs, landings & much,
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
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
Kermit Weeks and flown to Florida,
1. 'DEPENDABLE ENGINES'
Running the four Pratt &
Witney engines approx.
prior to shut down for the Winter,
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
Gallons not litres
On tow from jetty to buoy
6. 'FINAL TEST FLIGHT'
Low over Calshot Castle.
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