TQ7669 : Flying boat, Chatham

taken 29 years ago, near to Brompton, Medway, Great Britain

Flying boat, Chatham
Flying boat, Chatham
This impressive bird was being readied for a flight.

Mick Lobb has written has follows: -
Came across your photograph and after a bit of research came across this: 'The Sandringham in question was converted from a Sunderland III, and which had served the RAF as ML814. It was later converted to Mk V spec with Pratt & Whitney engines and served various owners until acquired by Edward Hulton, in whose ownership it was kept at Rochester for a while. It was the last airworthy Sunderland in the world, and was flown across the Atlantic to its new home in Florida in 1993, where it is owned by Kermit Weeks and displayed as a part of his 'Fantasy of Flight' collection'. See LinkExternal link for another picture - of the aircraft in flight.

I would guess from the photo that it was being prepared for its flight to the States when the photo was taken rather than for an imminent departure - note the lack of a starboard wing tip!

Thanks Mick
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TQ7669, 373 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 July, 1988   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 21 March, 2008
Category
Aircraft   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 760 696 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.9144N 0:31.7371E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 760 696
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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