Aviation Group meets the Catalina

Members of the Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group will have a rare opportunity to meet the pilot of the wonderful Catalina aircraft at their next meeting on Wednesday, November 24 7.30 for 8.00pm

Terry Coombes, chair of the group, said “The Club is fortunate to count Jeff Boyling of Lee-on-Solent as one of our members and he owns a share in this evocative flying boat.  Jeff flies on the airshow circuit at home and abroad with this amazing aircraft.  We totally understand why this is his passion and we look forward to hearing his illustrated talk.”

The Catalina itself is 70 years old but in fine flying fettle!  In its working life, it flew anti-submarine patrols, for a time it was a freighter, flew photographic reconnaissance missions surveying the Arctic regions, search and rescue, flood relief supply flights and even a fire-fighting water bomber.

Jeff and his crew flew down to Solent Airport at Lee recently after flying the Schneider trophy course before landing. At the airport, he was warmly welcomed by those who had been waiting to see this iconic aircraft and it was certainly a sight to see as it flew in over the Solent.

Jeff’s talk on ‘flying the Catalina’ can be seen at the RNA Club off Gosport Road and he will be delighted to answer questions on the former Royal Canadian Air Force amphibian aircraft G-PBYA named ‘Miss Pick Up’ and the Catalina has even got a fan club!

Catalina with pilot Jeff Boyling (left) and co-pilot David Legg (right). Terry Coombes

It’s a great opportunity for Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group to welcome members and guests who can turn up without booking for a £5 fee on the night.