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Offline ChrisExiledFromStrood

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Re: Chatham Dockyard 1988
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2010, 20:42:12 »
Thanks Paul. Looks like it's G-BJHS now de-registered and living in the US!

That one was on the Medway in 1984 - just been scanning some of my old photos, and found this one: My notes say "25 November 1984, Sir Arthur Gouge - Short Sunderland flying boat" That was the same day as some kind of open day at the Dockyard, when there were steam engines, traction engines and all sorts about.


I remember one flying in about 1986/7, I was driving overthe M2 bridge on a fairly foggy day and suddenly this Sunderland showed through the murk, no great height above the bridge. Jumped out of my skin to put it politley
seafordpete - could that have been 1984? I'm sure I also saw it flying over the Medway, but haven't got the photos to prove it (yet! - still more boxes to explore)

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Re: Chatham Dockyard 1988
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2010, 10:16:37 »
Thanks guys :)

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 08:57:30 »

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010, 08:54:44 »
I remember one flying in about 1986/7, I was driving overthe M2 bridge on a fairly foggy day and suddenly this Sunderland showed through the murk, no great height above the bridge. Jumped out of my skin to put it politley

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Re: Chatham Dockyard 1988
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 08:53:41 »
IIRC it was owned by Ryan Air for a bit, when she left Chatham it went to Southampton for a bit before running out of cash and going to the US.
I did a few jobs on her in my teens (I poked my nose into most projects in the docks at the time). The chap working on her was very strange, ate nothing but Tomatoe soup.  :)

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Re: Chatham Dockyard 1988
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 08:35:10 »
Thanks Paul. Looks like it's G-BJHS now de-registered and living in the US!

Looks like it it did fly again:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Short_Sunderland_by_Tower_Bridge.jpg

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 08:06:47 »
If you can get the Callsign you can check here. http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 07:16:36 »
It's a Short Sunderland flying boat merc. One of the type that flew anti-submarine operations in WW2 and that took part in the Berlin air lift.  It was being restored there at the time. Don't know whatever happened to it. Does anyone else know where it ended up or if it ever flew again?

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010, 23:36:50 »
What aeroplane is that please ?  :)

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Re: Chatham Dockyard 1988
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 14:49:44 »
It looks so tatty  :)  It is good to see how much work they have put in to make it and keep it tidy. 

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Chatham Dockyard 1988
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 14:12:40 »
Found some photos from my first visit to the Dockyard back in 1988 so thought I'd post a few here:


















 

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