Boyling and Catalina G-PBYA complete Circuit for Hawker

Pilot Jeff Boyling and the Catalina G-PBYA completed the the centenary route of the 1913 inaugural Circuit of Britain, landing back at Duxford at around 16.45 yesterday, Sunday 25th August.

The challenge was undertaken in tribute to the young Australian pilot, Harry Hawker, who first attempted it and who failed to complete it following a crash, short of the Dublin control point. Harker and his mechanic, Harry Lauper survived. The Sopwith floatplane he was flying did not.

Fellow Australian Boyling, one hundred years later, hasĀ  now successfully completed the Circuit in the 70 year old Catalina, the oldest amphibian still flying.

The Circuit was also flown to raise funds for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, where the Catalina is based and from which it took off and landed in this epic effort.

Assuming that they attracted everywhere he sort of attention, excitement and community carnival that welcomed them to Oban in Argyll, Bpling and his colleagues – not to mention G-PBYA – will have spread a lot of sheer delight around the British Isles over the past few days.

You can donate here to the very worthy cause of the Imperial War Museum.

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One Response to Boyling and Catalina G-PBYA complete Circuit for Hawker

  1. If anyone’s ever down that way, a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford airfield near Cambridge is a revelation; the restoration and conservation work on a wide variety of historic aircraft (and not just for the IWM) is fascinating, and there’s the added attraction of the big modern hangar (designed by Foster) stuffed full of American warplanes of all sizes, and there’s also a big collection of British tanks and military vehicles.
    This place makes a great ‘day out’ if you’re visiting London; the annual Duxford airshow is coming up on 7th & 8th Sept, and is always spectacular.

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