Thursday, 29 May 2008

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

with thanks to for the photo. Click on this link for a bigger picture.

Now, I have a thing about flying boats and I would love to recreate the classic Imperial Airways Southampton to Cape Town route. As there's no Short Empire Class boats left and I don't think any Sandringhams are still airworthy, I'm on the look out for a low hours Shin Meiwa PS-1/US-1 or similar to convert. Doesn't the sight of any flying boat on the step get you excited?
Canadair CL-415s and Catalinas just don't have that quatre-moteur je ne sais quoi. Just imagine cruising at 2,000 feet at 150 knots, admiring the landscape and herds of animals, staying in a 5* hotel at night and being ferried to and from the boat in a motor launch.

1 comment:

William Gruff said...

I too have always been an admirer of flying boats. I lived for some years in Strood, Kent, part of the City of Rochester, where the Short boats were built and once attended an interview for a non-existent job at Blaw Knox, the civil engineering equipment manufacturers, who occupied the old Shorts' flying boat works.

The works is now gone, replaced by housing (Isn't everything?), but the slipway is still visible on Google Earth (51°22'47.11"N 0°29'25.51"E)