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WHAT'S NEW ON SEAWINGS
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4th November 2018

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Today I have added eight more complete article pdf's into the Out-Of-Print Articles Gallery ranging from the superb   'Per Mare Probare' series in Aeroplane Monthly from the late '80's to the equally superb 'Post-War Propliners' series from the same publication together with 'gems' found in early copies of FLIGHT, all of which should provide something for everyone to enjoy.

My thanks goes to correspondent Patrick Hore for his invaluable assistance with this particular update.

If anyone has access to copies of the flying boat related articles from the two series mentioned above, I would love to receive a pdf of them to complete the series as I don't have them all as yet.

Finally for today, I have added another 61 detailed images of the Supermarine Walrus Mk.I L2301 on display in the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, England, always one of the nicest museums to visit. I enjoyed yet another encounter with this stunning example of a classic biplane flying boat, and this time courtesy of the very helpful staff, I was permitted to 'jump the rope' and put my camera inside a window to get the interior detail shots as best I could. Grateful thanks, Guys.

One day, as a 'bucket list' jobbie, I would love to actually get inside her with my camera.....

 

 

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3rd November 2018

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Here is a real treat..! Alex Norton one of our longest-time correspondents has made a number of visits to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, Canada and when there always makes a stop at the superbly restored and flying PBY-5A Canso named 'Mary K' just to shoot fantastic walk-rounds for SEAWINGS, for which I am more than grateful.

Today, I have combined two of them to produce a stunningly detailed Gallery which will answer most questions on the exterior of a typical Canso and also may inspire a scale model or two to be built along the way, hopefully..!

Alex, sometimes 'thank you' just isn't enough....what an absolutely cracking job you have made of these....!

 

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2nd November 2018

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I make no excuse for tonight's up-date featuring again the beautiful Sikorsky JRS-1 - the military version of the S-43 'Baby Clipper' - and one of a very small number of original Pearl Harbour attack survivors from 7th December, 1941 that actually flew against the Japanese attackers on that day.

Long-time SEAWINGS correspondent Igor Kolokolov visited the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre at the NASM and shot a quite stunning walk-round which complements perfectly the existing WR from Alex Norton, together providing the perfect combination of detailed images of this historic 'boat.

My grateful thanks goes out to Igor once again...!

Next up is a stunning and fascinating document; the Short Solent 3 Maintenance Manual. Just remember, this has been written, drawn and compiled without the assistance of any computer program....everything you see within it is pre-computer age and was drafted with consummate typewriting and drafting (drawing with pen) skill. Fantastic, just fantastic.....from an age where there existed pure hand skills..! And, look at all that detail on the Solent 3..!

The link will take you to the Manual page; scroll down to the Short Solent 3 link and click on it.

 

Finally, to add to all that detail, correspondent Cees Hendriks visited the Solent 3 preserved and on display at Oakland in the USA and has very kindly granted permission to show his superb walk-round which includes the interior..! Thanks, Cees; much appreciated.

 

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28th October 2018

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I admit it's been far too long for this latest up-date. Nothing intrinsically wrong at this end except that events kept getting in the way; multiple and varied family stuff, the 'day job', the hottest summer months ever on record in my lifetime (I found out one can't do bugger-all in that extremely hot intense heat much to my surprise, as I always wanted a bright, sunny summer but that was ridiculous; too hot outside, too hot to sit inside, too hot to make models, just too damn hot to do anything), added to a host of other reasonable excuses that brings me to today.!

So, please accept my sincere apologies for the lack of up-dates, but of course the main thing is that all the bills were paid and the website has remained available to all for viewing and my grateful thanks goes to all the Guy's n' Girls listed in the Donations notification above. Thanks so much for really making the difference....but, as ever the reference material never stopped coming in.!

Ok, all that said, let's get cracking again and first up is a gorgeous walk-round of a Ranger 6-440C-5 (200bhp) engine - the one fitted to the Grumman Widgeon, courtesy of long-time correspondent Vladimir Yakubov.

Next up is a lovely walk-round of a Beriev Be-103 by Yuri Pasholok from Russia featuring one that was displayed at the MAKS 2003 Air Show in Russia. This is actually a decent looking craft that needs more exposure to the world.! My thanks goes to Yuri.

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29th April 2018

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Further to the above donation panel, my grateful thanks goes to the readers who have very kindly provided a donation to the 'SEAWINGS hosting fund' so far this year. If anyone else fancies placing a donation, there are two major expenses coming up next month that simply have to be paid......

Today's up-date is another fabulous walk-round from the camera of our Dutch correspondent Cees Hendriks who got up close to this stunning Sikorsky S-38 replica and very kindly granted permission for them to be displayed on SEAWINGS. Grateful thanks, Cees.

 

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1st April 2018

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Happy Easter to all of you 'out there'.

First-up today is a lovely walk-round of the World's only preserved Loening OA-1A I found by accident on the internet and just had to show it. If it is yours, please get in-touch.

Next up, by pure chance here is another walk-round that I found by accident whilst looking for something else and it features a PBY-6A Catalina example that has not appeared on SEAWINGS prior to now, so I just had to show it..!

Again, if this is your image set, please get in-touch with me.

 

 

I found a few R.A.A.F. Supermarine Southampton Mk.I photo's the other day that are perfect for scale modellers wanting to add detail to their builds. What a gorgeous looking series of 'boats they were with their wooden hulls.

 

 

 

 

Continuing the 'additional images' theme from past What's New's, I've come across a superb walk-round set featuring the World's only surviving PBM-5A Martin Mariner restored and on display at the Pima Country Air Museum, Arizona, and have added them to complement the existing large Gallery; one never knows when one extra photo will give you the exact detail you are seeking for that model..!

 

 

Finally for today, completing the 'additions to' series is a magnificent walk-round shot by our Dutch correspondent Cees Hendriks of Grumman HU-16E Albatross USCG '1293' which I have added to the existing gallery. Grateful thanks for your permission, Cees.

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4th March 2018

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I'm still catching up from the hard-drive failure (31st Dec 2017) but things are getting better weekly, I'm pleased to say.

That's the main reason for slow up-dates since the last one; I'm receiving good reference material into me but I have needed to concentrate on the 'behind-the-scenes' stuff to ensure that all runs smoothly which has been taking my available time.

However, I've put this up-date together and present:

Firstly, a really nice set of images found 'on-the-web' whilst I was researching one morning and immediately thought, 'this would make an cracking detailed diorama'...a Beriev Be-6 (one of my favourites) in a striking 'pose' which I have added to the Diorama Gallery..... At least it's been preserved, of sorts...!

....and, secondly another 102 new images of the Bombardier/Canadair CL-215T in the CL-215 Photo Gallery. Be careful not to mix this variant up with the CL-415 as they look so similar as far as the engine nacelles are concerned.! You can find them all in the CL-215 Photo Gallery.

 

 

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18th January 2018

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So, with everything running ok - so far -  tonight I have added to last night's up-date with 83 No. images I shot whilst visiting the Floyd Bennett Field Hanger 'B' of the same Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina and this includes a full interior walk-through(!) which is extremely rare as there is absolutely nothing installed into this airframe, so one can view the entire fit of internal ribs, stringers and bulkheads with associated fixings without any visual interference from fitted equipment.

All I can remember is how hot it was in there at the time; I came out sweating, I can tell you..!

If YOU have sent any emails into me - Bryan Ribbans - in October, November and December 2017 would you PLEASE re-send them as everyone of them disappeared in the p.c. hard drive crash, as detailed below.

I know there were some first-class photo attachments, plans and drawings and much more within all of the emails that have been lost and you can imagine my desperate desire to 're-find' them and save them for posterity. Many thanks, Bryan.

 

 

 

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17th January 2018

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Tonight's up-date is a small, but very nice one, serving the purpose to entertain you all and at the same time confirm to me that all is well with the systems I have re-installed and have running since the hard drive failure as per below.

So far, so good.

It's another from the camera of correspondent Igor Kolokolov from Moscow and features the Catalina PBY-5A at Floyd Bennett Field, New York state, USA.

Thanks, Igor.

 

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7th January 2018

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SPECIAL NOTICE

On 30th December last, without any warning whatsoever, I suffered a complete and total computer hard drive failure right in-front of my eyes whilst using my pc. It was instant, total and irrecoverable.

I have since begun to restore all the elements that make up SEAWINGS and everything that I use to produce it; fortunately I backed up everything that was important - or so I thought - on Christmas Day and have since purchased a replacement HD, a pc overhaul and all the lost programs not saved on disc, a total of over £750.00 so far.

BUT, I have lost some very important information and attachments to emails that I received prior to the crash, sadly. They were in a 'holding' folder on my desktop as there had been so many in a short time, unusually.

So, if YOU have sent any emails into me - Bryan Ribbans - in October, November and December 2017 would you PLEASE re-send them as everyone of them has disappeared in the crash.

I know there were some first-class photo attachments, plans and drawings and much more within all of the emails that have been lost and you can imagine my desperate desire to 're-find' them and save them for posterity.

I am currently taking all the steps necessary to ensure that this never, ever happens again. It is the first - and last - time this will ever happen to me; a well-used hard drive lasts around three years I am told, but there was no excuse for losing information, that's down to me and a failure to back-up everything......hind-sight is a wonderful thing.

So, if there is anything YOU can do to assist me, NOW is the time to do it please..!

Grateful thanks, Bryan Ribbans - Webmaster/Owner, SEAWINGS.

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1st January 2018

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"I wish all visitors to the SEAWINGS website a Happy New Year for 2018".

It has been a strange (or, should that be strained....) time this year at Christmas as I have just suffered complete and total mainframe computer hard drive failure since the last up-date, which has caused all sorts of issues and re-thinks about how all my computer work is done from here-on. My grateful thanks goes to all that have offered their advice on Facebook as to what should be done, and how.

The good news is that no flying boat archive reference material was lost, nor the website files, etc so we are still in business..!

Today's up-date is a small addition to the existing Walk-Round Gallery courtesy of correspondent Igor Kolokolov for the Grumman J2F-6 Duck so that I can confirm that all programs have been restored on my laptop to keep us going whilst the pc repair crew work on my mainframe.

Just for good measure, I've added another small walk-round today to double-check that all the required systems are working; this time it's Alex Norton's 24 No. image series of the Grumman J2F-6 Duck on display at the Erickson Aircraft Collection, Madras, Oregon, USA. My grateful thanks goes to Alex.

In the meantime, do have a great New Year's Day and here's to all of you having a Happy New Year 2018.

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10th December 2017

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Christmas has come early for us lucky flying boat enthusiasts this year..!

Today's up-date represents a massive walk-round 'tour-de-force' by our long-time walk-round specialist correspondent, Alex Norton.

Alex very recently paid a second visit to the Smithsonian Museum's Restoration Facility in Washington, USA following his first in 2014 and has shot a magnificent series of close-up images of the beautiful Sikorsky JRS-1 - the military version of the S-43 'Baby Clipper' - and one of a very small number of original Pearl Harbour attack survivors from 7th December, 1941 that actually flew against the Japanese attackers on that day.

He has also very thoughtfully provided, not one, but TWO image series; one 'as shot' and the second 'colour corrected', this to compensate for the lighting/colour conditions within the display hall which left a blue-ish 'colour cast', these new series added to his original one from 2014, amounts to a staggering 206 individual images featuring this 'boat...!

However, each offers superb detailed images for the scale modeler, enthusiast and historians amongst us, so I have provided both sets and included Alex's original 2014 walk-round set making this Gallery as comprehensive as it could possibly be.

Alex, masterful workmanship here as ever and my very grateful thanks for everything..!

Message to all - Enjoy...!!

Finally for today, I have created the 'Out-of-Print Book' reference Gallery to provide access to certain long O.O.P. flying boat reference books that must be considered the very best in past publication history, ones that are too good to simply 'disappear' for all time. Click the icon at the bottom of the Index Page to go to the Gallery.

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9th December 2017

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Continuing on the Catalina route from yesterday, I have added extra detailed walk-round images sent to me by Igor Kolokolov, our Russian-based long-time correspondent, of the ex. Danish A.F. PBY-6A 'L-866' on display at RAF Cosford Museum. Grateful thanks, Igor.

However, having just returned there myself recently, I was horrified to find that she had been removed from within her hanger as I found her sitting in the UK weather on a concrete base outside, looking forlorn with her paintwork ruined by the effects of the harsh weather.

Today, L-866 looks nothing like the glamorous 'Cat' in the walk-round Gallery. Why, Oh why has this been done..? Why take a perfectly restored aircraft and 'dump' it outside with no protection whatsoever? I thought they were there to preserve these aircraft, not ruin them..? Disgusting behaviour by the management.....

 

 

 

 

 

On a brighter note, I have created the Catalina/Canso Photo Gallery and added to the Catalina/Canso Reference Archive and filled it with 120 superb general images of 'Cat's & Canso's' doing their thing. As time allows and the images become available, I will add to it. It presents another reference resource for the discerning flying boat enthusiast and for the life of me I cannot recall why I haven't done it before now..! Enjoy...

 

 

Next up, is one of the finest photographic walk-rounds I have had the pleasure to host featuring Catalina PBY-5A 'PH-PBY', the ONLY Catalina in Europe that you can book a flight in..!

Yes, that's right...'book a flight in', you did read that correct..!

Check out the details on the Gallery page and enjoy 194 superb images, including the interior.

 

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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8th December 2017

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Today, I have added another stunning photographic walk-round to the existing Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina WR Gallery, this the 'cut-away' display example located at the USN Navy Museum,  N.A.S. Pensacola, Florida.

This addition makes coverage of this display more-or-less complete without visiting it yourself..!

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7th December 2017

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Apologies for the delay in up-dates since November, I've had a bad case of 'Man-Flu' and that just knocked me right out; getting better now, so off we go again....

First up is this cracking walk-round of a 'boat new to this website; a United-Consultants UC-1 Twin Bee courtesy of Cees Hendriks.

 

 

 

Continuing the Seabee theme, I recently shot this small walk-round of a completely 'naked' Republic RC-3 Seabee on display in the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, USA as it's so difficult to find basic hull 'hulks' that display all the internal bulkhead and build details; scratch-build modelers 'Gold-Dust'..!

 

 

 

 

While speaking about my visit to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, here is the real reason I called in; this beautiful Grumman HU-16E Albatross in all her glory which I set-about capturing in my 147 image walk-round I have great pleasure in presenting here.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally for today, here's an up-date on one of my favourite 'boats, the newly restored Consolidated PB2Y-5R Coronado at the N.A.S. Pensacola, Florida, re-visited by our long-time correspondent Igor Kolokolov who has very kindly provided 50 images of it in all her glory and another 17 images taken from the original Technical Manual showing aspects of the interior of the type. Grateful thanks, Igor.

 

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5th November 2017

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Today's up-date features some suitable subjects I found during a recent visit to the magnificent Tennessee Museum of Aviation near Knoxville, Tenn. USA. First up is a lovely example of the Liberty V-12 Model 'A' engine as used by the Curtiss H-16 and the Navy-Curtiss NC-4.

 

Next up is a lovely Walk-Round of a Beriev Be-12 'Mail' that I stumbled across on 'the web' with no other details. (If this is YOUR walk-round, please let me know so that I can grant full credit).

It shows this iconic amphibian/flying boat in great detail and fully weathered and to my eye, very attractive. Of all the modern 'boats, this is THE one I want to get 'up-close-and-personal' with.

For me, there is something about the design of it that is so attractive I just can't take my eyes off it..! Enjoy all the details in this lovely photo-shoot..!

Finally for today, here is 131 individual images of the Beriev Be-200 which I have added to the Be-200 Photo Gallery.

 

 

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10th September 2017

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Today's up-date continues yesterday's theme with more images of the same Canadair CL-215 at Le Bourget, Paris Airshow found on the web by me and perfectly complementing yesterday's up-date.

The yellow overall colour scheme shows perfectly all the details of the airframe for those building the Heller 1/72 scale kit.

 

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9th September 2017

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Today's up-date is a lovely 51 image walk-round of a Canadair CL-215 parked at the Paris Airshow, Le Bourget, France in May 2012 belonging to Securite Civile, and captured by Meindert de Vreeze, superb..! And look at all that detail that could be added to the Heller 1/72 scale model.
 

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31st August 2017

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One of the things I have wanted to do for some time is to vary the content of the 'Out-of-Print' Articles Gallery as there are some superb publications 'out-there' that are now OOP but are reasonably modern publications. Tonight's addition is a perfect example featuring a magazine first published in March 2013, not now generally available to purchase - unless via ebay or similar - yet contains within itself a superbly written detailed article on building the Italeri 1/72 scale Short Sunderland model kit by Steve A. Evans. This article deserves to be saved and read by anyone contemplating this build.

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29th August 2017

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I've spent a bit of time today mending the images in the Beriev Be-12 'Mail' walk-round gallery uploaded on 24th July last; I found that some of the images were not performing with their links as they should, so I re-built the whole gallery. It should be ok now.

 

 

 

 

Now here's a real treat..! Canadian Consolidated PBY-5A Canso C-FNJE at the 2017 Edmonton Air Show, Canada visited by our very own Chris Eldridge - aka 'Dogsbody' on the Flying Boat Forum and Chief Moderator - who paid a visit and sent in this lovely 54 image walk-round for us to enjoy. Read more about it here.

What I would have given to have been with you Chris, but thanks for taking a superb selection of pictures, including the cockpit..!

 

 

While producing the above up-date tonight, I have found that an earlier walk-round of Chris's might have gone un-noticed as it wasn't entered in the Walk-Round Gallery selection for some strange reason, so I have amended it right now.

Therefore, please find here an earlier superb photo set of a Canadair CL-215T from 'Dogsbody'.

 

 

 

 

Finally for tonight I got caught up in the CL-215 moment - Yes, I know, as I did the Grumman Albatross...! - and added 100 new images to the Photo Gallery section for the CL-215. There are a host of fantastic pictures here and I'm willing to bet a few of them will become Your new desktop wallpaper in the coming days..! Enjoy..!

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22nd August 2017

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I've spent a bit of time today mending a broken pdf - the Supermarine Walrus Mk.I & II Manual - the one found at the bottom of the Walrus Manual page here.

Grateful thanks to reader Brian Blackmore who very kindly contacted SEAWINGS to advise me. The issue was simply that the pdf was too large in Gb to load in a reasonable time; this has now been corrected and it downloads satisfactory.

If YOU spot anything on the site that isn't working properly, please do let me know, many thanks.

 

 

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20th August 2017

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Working on the up-date yesterday reminded me that I had another walk-round of the Be-6 'Madge' in my archive and here it is, shot by our long-term correspondent Igor Kolokolov, demonstrating yet again how to take the perfect detailed walk-round series, just as if I had been there myself.

He, along with the other dedicated walk-round exponents  make this site what it is and my grateful thanks goes to all of them who take the time and trouble to perfect their art and share it with us all. Thanks to all of you....!

 

 

"Oh, go on then, show us another Grumman Albatross walk-round" I hear you cry...!

Well, ok if you insist, here is a lovely little walk-round of a beautiful USCG example in the markings as based at Sacramento and this features some lovely interior shots taken by correspondent Benoit Lescot for our viewing pleasure. Thanks for sending it in, Benoit.

 

 

 

Next up for a change is a superb long-out-of-print article added to the O.O.P. Articles Gallery which was published in International Airpower Review Vol.10, 2003 and features a very detailed and informative listing of all the Short Sunderland variants including descriptions of the different types together with colour camo and markings artwork and a full Squadron listing too.

 

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19th August 2017

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Following on from my site hosting change-over last week, whilst looking around the site I have noticed some galleries that have been affected in that the page is there, but the links are not working to show full images.

The Plans Gallery seems the most affected, so I have started to re-construct the missing plans images today commencing here with the Beriev Be-6 'Madge' plans. This has also meant that I can take a re-look at these pages and images and up-date them to the 'new' page scheme as well.

I will be checking right through the site over the next few weeks and up-dating all the pages to the 'new' scheme and that will give me a chance to fix any other issues I find along the way.

It's got to be done, so I might as well get on with it..!

Up-Date: All links and images fixed today quicker than I thought..! Phew....didn't enjoy that one.

Jus the individual pages to be refreshed in the 'new' scheme, that's easier..!

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13th August 2017

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Whilst checking my existing Albatross walk-rounds on the site this morning, I found one where the images had not up-loaded correctly and thus were missing, so I've corrected that and now it works fine.

It is the Grumman HU-16A Albatross on display in the Italian Aviation Museum at Vigna di Valle, just outside of Rome, Italy. Enjoy...!

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is a very colourful ex. Brazilian A.F. Grumman Albatross on display in Brazil, photographed by correspondent Ivan Pliopas who very kindly sent the images into SEAWINGS. Thanks, Ivan.

 

 

 

Finally for today, here is a lovely walk-round from the camera lens of our prolific Russian-based correspondent, Igor Kolokolov who attended America's 'Sun n Fun' fly-in in 2014 and found this gorgeous Grumman G-111 Albatross executive transport there on display. Thanks, Igor.

 

 

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12th August 2017

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Continuing the recent Grumman Albatross theme, here is a lovely Walk-Round of a beautifully restored HU-16B in distinctive and highly attractive USAF markings, not the usual fare for these 'boats, courtesy of Alex Norton.

Thanks, Alex for sharing this with us all.

I choose my up-dates at random from the SEAWINGS archive to my personal 'whim-of-the-week' , but if there is anything that YOU would like to see, please get in-touch and let me know. If I have it, I will gladly present it here.....

Ok, once you have a theme in your head, you might as well stick with it....!

Up next, is a lovely 29 image walk-round of another USAF-serving Grumman Albatross, this time a UH-1G, on display at the Pima County Air Museum, Arizona.

My thanks goes to our world-roving correspondent, Igor Kolokolov for providing this superb set for us to enjoy. 

Finally today, I couldn't resist adding my 101 image walk-round of the USCG Grumman Albatross under restoration at Hanger B, Floyd Bennett Field, New York. What a treat to be able to walk around such a magnificent 'boat with a digital camera, a real special occasion. All thanks to Park Ranger 'Linc' Hallowell, who very kindly guided me around the Hanger B complex during my visit.

Linc, sometimes 'Thanks' just isn't enough.....

SPECIAL NOTE: As of this week, the SEAWINGS website is hosted on a brand-new hosting package with a new host and it's working far better than the past few weeks; the new hosts fee's have been paid for the next 12 months and all seems well. It has been a desperately awful couple of months here website-wise and much 'soul-searching' has been carried out to find a host that actually cares about what I'm building here. The great news is that I have found what I was seeking and we are off and running again....

 

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10th August 2017

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Following on from the up-date on the 3rd August, our long-time supporter and correspondent for SEAWINGS, Axel Ganz from Germany, very kindly sent in a superb Hall PH-3 scale plan which caused me to delve into the SEAWINGS plans archive and find what else I have on this magnificent 'boat. That done, I have created the Hall PH-3 Plans page here. Thanks to John Smith and Axel for their contributions.

 

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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8th August 2017

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Just like London buses, when you wait for one, two come along at the same time...!

Here is an up-date featuring another superb walk-round of a Grumman HU-16B Albatross that has not featured on SEAWINGS before, and just look at all that detail, especially the cockpit area.

 

 

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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7th August 2017

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Next up is a superb walk-round of a Grumman HU-16B Albatross that has not featured on SEAWINGS before, courtesy of our U.S.A. correspondent, Bill Spidle.

More up-dates to follow soon.....

 

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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5th August 2017

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Today's up-date is a real treat for Short Sandringham enthusiasts as our long-time U.S. correspondent, Vladimir Yakubov has very kindly allowed SEAWINGS to feature his marvellous 131 image walk-round of the Short S.25 Sandringham IV on display at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida.

If 'big-Boats' are your thing and close-up details as well, you are going to love this..! Grateful thanks to Vladimir, as usual.

More up-dates to follow soon.....

 

SEAWINGS 2017 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

11 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Doug, Charles, Gary, Chris, Mike, Alan, Tom, Brian, Wilfried, Grant & Herbert.
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4th August 2017

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Tonight's up-date features the Martin M-130 in all its glory as the latest addition to our Photo Gallery with this fantastic series of LIFE Archive images.

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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3rd August 2017

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Tonight's up-date features the beautiful Hall PH-3, another of my favourites which I have added to the Photo Gallery for the first time.

If YOU have any other information on this 'boat such as plans, interior images, manuals or indeed anything, please send it into SEAWINGS for us all to enjoy.

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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1st August 2017

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Tonight's up-date is a small, yet perfectly formed walk-round from our Russian correspondent Victor Khemelik featuring the PBY-5A Catalina on display at the National Aerospace Museum, Santiago, Chile. Thanks, Victor.

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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24th July 2017

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SEAWINGS 2017 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

11 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Doug, Charles, Gary, Chris, Mike, Alan, Tom, Brian, Wilfried, Grant & Herbert.
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Today's up-date is a fascinating close-up look at the Beriev Be-12 'Mail' courtesy of our long-time Russian correspondent Igor Kolokolov, the difference being that these ones are, I think, being scrapped or refurbished, it's difficult to tell. But, whatever the case, the images show details of the airframe unobtainable under normal circumstances and so are modellers 'gold-dust as far as adding extra scale details are concerned. Thanks, Igor.

Next is another super walk-around of the RAF Museum, Hendon Supermarine Walrus. by correspondent Andrew Birnie. Certain flying boats will keep appearing on this site as with the advent of the brand-new Airfix 1/48th scale plastic model kit, there is never enough reference material..! And the idea is to compile a complete reference source for all the popular types as time and opportunity allows.

Continuing with the 'these are all my favourite flying boat's' theme as it seems today, here is a gorgeous walk-round of a Beriev Be-6 'Madge' shot by Oleg Timchenko which shows great details for modellers building the new Trumpeter scale kit.

More to come soon...

 

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1st July 2017

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It is extremely rare when I feel obliged to up-load something without knowing much about it, but I simply have to make an exception in this up-date for I have stumbled across the most stunning 40 image walk-through of the exterior, nose and particularly the cockpit of my one of my all-time favourite modern 'boats, the Beriev Be-12 'Mail'.

I have done this in an effort to find the rightful owner of these fantastic photo's so I can grant rightful credit or take them down if requested, so if these are YOUR photo's please get in-touch with SEAWINGS.

In the meantime, I'll leave them here for posterity.........

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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29th June 2017

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Tonight's up-date is a lovely walk-round photo gallery on the 1918 Curtiss Model MF-Boat beautifully restored and on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, USA very kindly donated by long-time correspondent Igor Kolokolov from Russia.

Many thanks, Igor..!

More up-dates to follow soon.....

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28th June 2017

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SEAWINGS 2017 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

10 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Doug, Charles, Gary, Chris, Mike, Alan, Tom, Brian, Wilfried & Grant.
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Hello everyone, I'm back..!

Please accept my apologies for taking the past six months 'off' but work, family and life in general just got in the way of this, my hobby - albeit a serious one - but a pastime hobby none-the-less that I love dearly; but there comes a time when it simply has to take a back seat whilst other stuff is sorted out.

However, I could never have imagined that writing the entry below for the 1st January up-date I would be writing this one today. For as long-time correspondent Alex Norton from Canada featured in that one, for very different and all the wrong reasons he features in this one too.

You see Alex very kindly submitted another of his stunning photo walk-rounds just a month ago which so sadly combined with the passing of his dear wife Mary and I thought I could not possibly re-start the next series of up-dates without respectfully leading with this one in tribute to her, and grateful thanks to him.

So, this superb walk-round of the only surviving Boeing B-1 flying boat is respectfully dedicated to Mary, Alex's wife - complete with a 'pink twist'..!! Go read all about it....Thanks and much love from England, Alex.xx

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1st January 2017

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SEAWINGS 2017 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

0 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to:
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A Happy New Year to you all and thanks for your continued visits and support ...! I will do my very best this year to bring you as many up-dates as time will allow, and there are a huge amount to do so, lets get cracking!

Starting this brand-new year off is a superb walk-round taken by our long-term correspondent Alex Norton, from Canada just a few days ago in December of the beautiful Grumman G-73 Mallard on display at the Kalamazoo Air Park in the USA. Grateful thanks, Alex.

Next up, is a lovely walk-round series from long-term correspondent Igor Kolokolov of one of my all-time favourites, this beautifully restored Grumman JRF-5 Goose at Floyd Bennett Field, to add to my own WR. Igor, thank you so much for allowing me to show this.

Finally for today, comes a few images of the Do.24 T-3, subject of my previous full walk-round in Germany, whilst it was on display at the RAF Museum in London courtesy of our correspondent Alex Norton. Thanks again, Alex..!

More up-dates to come soon.....

 
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25th December 2016

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SPECIAL NOTE: A great big THANK YOU goes out from me to all the enthusiasts listed on the right as your donations made the difference between being here or not this year. How close was it? 24 hours to be exact; the last bill was paid the day before the site was due to close for a while whilst I saved up the remaining funds. Phew! that was close, the closest yet I have to say in 16 continuous years.

So, thank you so very much for joining in. I'm now looking to 2017's funding; Yes, it starts all over again now, but at least there is time now.......hopefully.!

SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

18 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel, Bob, Alex, Patrick, Chris, Ian, Ralph, Grant, Stephen, Olivier, Bernard, Richard, Tim, P.V. & Giovanni.
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The 2016 SEAWINGS bills have now all been paid thanks to the Guys above. Next up it's the 2017 bills...!
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Today's subject in the Walk-Round Gallery is this beautiful Bombardier CL-215T 'Alberta', in a scheme I have not seen before and one that cries out for a decal sheet (hint, hint..!) which has been sent in by none other than the Moderator of my Flying Boat Forum, Chris Eldridge from Canada who had the pleasure of walking around this superb example. Thanks, Chris.

On another subject, it's been 'quiet' around here since the last up-date because I have been kept busy 'behind-the-scenes' as it were involving myself with the Imperial War Museum, London and their magnificent photographic archive of over 11 million images (!). I am delighted to tell you that they have very graciously allowed SEAWINGS to host all their flying boat and associated reference images on this site and have waived their images fee's as well..! Wow, that is so very kind and generous of them as the image costs would ordinarily be far outside my ability to afford them, and there are a lot I can tell you. A massive vote of thanks to the IWM and their very helpful team of archivists.

So, I have spent the time downloading and archiving all the images I can find within their massive archive and that takes time; a lot of it as I found out. I am now working to get each of them into the desired IWM format for display they have asked for, which is fine by me. Wait till you see them...!

Next up, is a first-look at the test mouldings for the brand-new 1/72 scale Kawanishi H8K 'Emily' just announced by Hasegawa for release in 2017 in the Scale Model Kits News page.

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30th October 2016

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The next major flying boat type to receive the SEAWINGS 'treatment' is the Dornier Do.24 and this comes from the substantial private archive owned by our Dutch correspondent Bart Lammerse who has very kindly granted permission for us to share it - all of it.

It has always been a type that eluded the 'full coverage' that it should have on this site, partly due to a distinct lack of decent references and also because I've been concentrating on other 'boats. With Bart contacting me and making his fantastic offer of help, the timing could not be better.

I say that because his archive is large and covers all aspects of this iconic German Luftwaffe WWII 'boat; walk-round(s), plans, manual, profiles and contemporary photographs which is where I've started today.

Click to view the 109 images in the new Do.24 Photo Gallery here and over the next few weeks I will be working to add all the rest of the material.

My grateful thanks goes to Bart for his generosity. Enjoy!

Coming up next on SEAWINGS for the Do.24:

● Photographic Walk-Rounds.

● Interior photo's.

● Maintenance Manual illustrations.

● Plans, Colour Profiles and Paintings.

● Article pdf's.

● The SAR 'boats; a photographic gallery.

.....and more..!

 

 

 

 

PS: I couldn't wait to add more images so have uploaded Bart's Do.24 construction photo's to the above gallery..! These images have been sourced from the now-defunct fly.to/do24 website and I am pleased to save them and give them a home for all to view, courtesy of Bart.

 

Finally for today, I've just up-loaded a superb 'out-of-print' article describing in some detail the operations of the Spanish S.A.R. Dornier Do.24's into the Out-Of-Print Article Gallery, again from Bart's archive. Scroll to the bottom of the gallery to read it.

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28th October 2016

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SEAWINGS is now just a few days away from having to pay all the Site Hosting and extra Storage invoices for the coming year's viewing - they are due mid-November as usual - and as usual it's going to be tight. This year has been the lowest donation period in the 16 year history of this site. My grateful thanks goes out to the 6 No. readers/enthusiasts that have donated thus far this year; that's 6 out of hundreds of viewers of this site.

It's quite simple; if I cannot meet the invoices, the site will be shut down on 16th November next until the bills can be paid - I know that as I have spoken to the site hosts this week. That will also cause the loss of the front page link to the Flying Boat Forum unfortunately, so now is the time to save that into your favourites for direct access to it.

I do as much as I possibly can to keep this important reference site afloat; if I can't meet the bills, it won't be here for you for a while. It's up to you.......

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16th October 2016

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A subject that has fascinated me for some time is the shipborne catapults that have launched the flying boats from the various capital ships, yet there is very little information 'out there' on these machines.

New correspondent Maarten Schönfeld answered my 'cry for help' and very kindly sent me all references that he had amassed when constructing a scale model of such a catapult.

Armed with this information, and some of my own, I have created the H.M. Ships Catapult Archive within the Ships Gallery and hope to add to it in the near future.

If YOU have any pictures, plans, drawings and information concerning the flying boat catapults that were mounted on ships around the world, please send it into SEAWINGS as modelers and enthusiasts would love to be able to make good use of it....!

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15th October 2016

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

6 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel, Bob & Alex.
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The 2016 SEAWINGS funding journey is coming to an end; the bills are due..!
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Continuing with my Supermarine Walrus up-date theme, I have re-arranged and expanded the Walk-Round Gallery for the Walrus on display at the RAF Museum, London - which is actually a Seagull V version - as I was so fortunate to make a random visit and find it in a 'stripped down' state ready for a physical move into another area of the museum.

So, armed with my camera I took full advantage of that as you will see; it afforded opportunities for photos that one would not normally get. Enjoy!

 

Next up today is a selection of full-colour profiles of the Walrus drawn by noted artist Bob Pearson who's work features in all the quality websites, book volumes and discerning model kit manufacturers artwork. My grateful thanks goes to Bob for granting permission to show these. Thanks, Bob.

 

I realised that I've not up-dated the Walrus Photo Gallery for a long while, so I have just put that to rights with a brand-new selection of images from my archive to add inspiration to those modelers contemplating the arrival of the new 1/48 scale Airfix model kit next year!

 

 

 

Into the Walrus Walk-Round Gallery I've added four excellent images from UK-based correspondent Ken Withey showing in particular details the wheel well and bomb rack area. Many thanks, Ken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, three extra profiles have been sent into SEAWINGS featuring the Walrus by correspondent Mark from New Zealand. Thanks, Mark.

 

 

 

 

Now, I have also renewed and expanded the Walrus Manual Gallery and have added the full Supermarine Walrus Maintenance Manual as a pdf download for those that want to go that 'extra-mile' in details and description.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, in what seems to have become a massive Walrus up-date today, next is a complete re-vamp of the Walrus Plans Gallery complete with text notations for some of the plans, all provided by our long-term correspondent Olivier Faivre. Thanks, Olivier.

Phew, what a day I've had doing all these up-dates but it has been well worth it; now, there is no excuse for not getting the Supermarine Walrus details correct..!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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9th October 2016

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Right out-of-the-blue comes the announcement from Airfix (UK) that they are working on a brand-new 1/48 model kit, due for release July 2017 and it's the Supermarine Walrus Mk.I ....!

Featured within  the Scale Model Kit News gallery are the CAD drawing images  and Airfix's own description that is bound to have us all dribbling down the monitor for the next few months as we count down the days to getting our hands on it...!

Spookily, this all comes right in the week where I've decided to up-load, feature and concentrate on Walrus references for this site, so you will all have the very best of what SEAWINGS can offer - which in the case of the Walrus is an enormous amount, when the kit finally arrives. You will have all these to-hand and no excuse not to dive in and build one..!

And as ever for the past 16 years these references are provided by myself to you all completely free-of-charge unless of course, you feel like making a donation as the annual site hosting fees are coming due......

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8th October 2016

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Today see's the start of SEAWINGS's New Flying Boat Publications Gallery and OMG....what a book to start with...!

Just published, Volume 2 of 'The Fighting America Boats of WWI compilation is another masterwork by Aeronaut Publications and the author Colin Owers.

Read my review in the gallery and see what a proper flying boat book should look like; ...and then some.

SEAWINGS welcomes anyone to send in their new publications for inclusion in this new gallery - please contact SEAWINGS here.

More entries for the gallery to come....

 

Next up today is my walk-round of Supermarine Walrus L2301 on display at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, England.

Yes..! I made it there at long last and what a pleasure it was to walk around this superb restoration complete with its wings folded, a treat in itself, and get right up-close to her to shoot what amounted to 151 No. images.

Thanks to the very helpful staff there, I even managed a couple of interior shots!

Continuing the page re-building/re-design theme, I have consolidated all the walk-rounds of Walrus L2301 into one gallery to make it easier for everyone to find everything; well, that's the plan!

I'm carrying on this work 'behind-the-scenes' through the next couple of months so keep a look-out for page changes..! Enjoy!

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17th September 2016

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SPECIAL NOTE TO READERS:

I am changing many pages within this site over the next few weeks. For you to keep up with these changes and to be able to view the changed pages perfectly, you will need to click your F5 keyboard key when you visit each time; this key 'refreshes your saved screen cache' and ensures that you are looking at the latest version of the page.

Once I've finished all the 'behind the scenes fiddling' all will settle down and this won't be necessary any longer. Thanks for your patience.

SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

5 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel, Bob and Alex.
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Hello Everyone..! Yes, I know; I can hear you saying; "Where have YOU been...?"

The best answer I can give you is 'working behind the scenes' for the past few months. In actuality, family and work got in the way daily, but truthfully 'behind the scenes' is quite correct as I've embarked on my 'life- path' of getting this site right-up-to-date by not only producing up-dates but by going through every page on the site and changing each one into the 'new' livery I've decided upon; it's much more 'user friendly' in that it's easier to read and more subtle than previously. I won't be changing this one again; this is 'it' now. But, it needs to be completed otherwise the site looks a mess.

That said, in carrying through this effort I've have found some things that weren't working as they should and even a gallery that was never up-loaded in the first place! (Doh..!)

So, go to the Short S-45A Solent Mk III walk-round page and you now have the fantastic IrfanView images working again..!

And, here is the Grumman J2F-1 Duck DETAILpics Gallery that should have already been up-loaded, but wasn't for some strange reason.

 

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30th April 2016

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It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of one of SEAWINGS's staunchest supporters over the years, Brian Knock from the UK.

Brian and I spoke on the phone, emailed and corresponded for well over ten years or more; every few weeks a package would arrive at my office and in it would be a pile of documents - all flying boat related - and a lot of them would be the actual magazine articles removed out of copies of FLIGHT, and the like. From that I was able to build the 'Flying Boat 'Out-of-Print' articles Gallery which he was credited for.

He sent me fabulous stuff that you wouldn't ever get to see nowadays; he was a serious collector of aviation related material and fully bought into my producing a website that would endeavour to preserve the flying boat era for future generations to learn from, as well as the present generations to enjoy, be they historians, enthusiasts or scale modellers, all for 'free'.

He never ever asked for anything in return and so sadly, he turned out to be the 'nicest chap I never met'. He had his heart attack the night before we were due to meet for the first time.

Here is another article he sent me, preserved for all time. Brian, sometimes 'Thanks' just isn't enough.....

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31st March 2016

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

4 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel & Bob.
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Just a quick up-date tonight featuring a walk-round of the lovely Supermarine Walrus on display at the F.A.A. (Fleet Air Arm) Museum, Yeovilton, UK.

I have determined that I have to get to this flying boat and give it once-and-for-all the 'SEAWINGS walk-round treatment' as the display is so, well, 'flying-boat'..!

With its wings folded, affording the viewer so much more detail opportunity, as well as unique options on photography angles unavailable in any other museum, plans are being made to get me and my trusty digi-camera front & centre with this craft......!

Me, I can't wait.....and YOU will be the first to see the results..! Watch this space..!

 

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