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Iconic Catalina Flying Boat Visits Loch Lomond

Well we've just had the most incredible morning - a veritable seaplane fest ! An iconic Catalina Flying Boat came to visit and we were able to do some formation flying with her ! To come up behind the Catalina in the very "atmospheric" Scottish weather was an incredible experience - a special day for all of us at Loch Lomond Seaplanes.

The Catalina is en-route to Greenland via Iceland and needed a staging post for the flight - we were contacted and suggested that Loch Lomond was ideal.

The aircraft landed at Tarbet and beforehand delighted the crowds with a couple of flypasts.

The Catalina was G-PBYA, the last flying British example of the type - if you'd like to get involved with flying boats there can be no better way than joining the Catalina Society.

There is a great history of flying boat activity on Loch Lomond - over half of the Sunderland flying boats manufactured during the second world war were produced at the Blackburn works in the shadow of Dumbarton castle just 5 miles from the Loch.

During the war the top secret Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (MAEE), which was set up to evaluate the performance of water based aircraft, was moved in 1939 from Felixstowe to RAF Helensburgh, just three miles from Loch Lomond - it moved back in 1945 after the war. During the period at Helensburgh Loch Lomond's fresh water was used on many occasions to test flying boats.