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Uni: The Navy-Curtiss NC-4 Trans-Atlantic Flight, Plymouth Sound - 31st May 1986

A pair of Consolidated PBY-6A "Catalina" flying boats - including C-FOWE, registered to Robert Franks - land in Plymouth Sound to celebrate the anniversay of the Curtiss NC-4 flight in 1917 - the first trans-atlantic flight. The original NC-4 flight plan called for a first leg of 864km (540 miles) from the U.S. Naval Air Station at Rockaway Beach, New York, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then 736km (460 miles) to Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland. The third (long) leg of the flight, from Newfoundland to the Azores, was 2,080km (1,300 miles). The fourth leg, 1,280 km (800 miles) to Lisbon, and the last, 1,240 km (775 miles) to Plymouth, brought the total distance to 6,200 km (3,875 miles) [source: National Air and Space Museum]. The plane suffered some damage when it collided with some buoys in the Sound, but was repaired and flown back to Canada. This set also includes photos of a Plymouth Sound Radio outside broadcast near the Armada Centre - possibly as part of an opening ceremony for that building

next album: Uni: A Tutorial Miscellany, Plymouth Polytechnic, Devon - 2nd June 1986
previous album: Uni: Gill Leaves the James Street Vaults, Plymouth - 30th May 1986

1986 Andy Bray hangs around with Nosher

Andy Bray hangs around with Nosher

1986 The PBY does a pass over Drake's Island

The PBY does a pass over Drake's Island

1986 The Catalina flying boat does a close pass

The Catalina flying boat does a close pass

1986 Catalina C-FOWE - flies over

Catalina C-FOWE - flies over

1986 More flying Catalina action

More flying Catalina action

1986 The Catalina lines up to land in Plymouth Sound

The Catalina lines up to land in Plymouth Sound

1986 The PBY on a second pass of the Sound

The PBY on a second pass of the Sound

1986 Touchdown on the water

Touchdown on the water

1986 Touchdown on Plymouth Sound

Touchdown on Plymouth Sound

1986 The Catalina churns up the water as it speeds along

The Catalina churns up the water as it speeds along

1986 Canoeists float around, watching

Canoeists float around, watching

1986 The PBY taxis around in the Sound

The PBY taxis around in the Sound

1986 The flying boat comes to a halt

The flying boat comes to a halt

1986 The Catalina is moored

The Catalina is moored

1986 The crew is collected from the floating Catalina

The crew is collected from the floating Catalina

1986 Crowds wait on the Mayflower Steps, whilst the band plays

Crowds wait on the Mayflower Steps, whilst the band plays

1986 The barge pulls up to the steps

The barge pulls up to the steps

1986 The Mayor mounts the Mayflower Steps

The Mayor mounts the Mayflower Steps

1986 The mayoral Rolls-Royce

The mayoral Rolls-Royce

1986 The second Catalina bobs around

The second Catalina bobs around

1986 A RIB buzzes by the racing catamaran 'Anne Claire'

A RIB buzzes by the racing catamaran 'Anne Claire'

1986 A racing catamaran: Optique Baumont

A racing catamaran: Optique Baumont

1986 Orange buoys

Orange buoys

1986 A tramp has a sleep on the grass in Beaumont Park

A tramp has a sleep on the grass in Beaumont Park

1986 A tramp sleeping by a park bench

A tramp sleeping by a park bench

1986 Kids play footie in the park

Kids play footie in the park

1986 A '261 Plymouth Sound' DJ talks to the crowd

A '261 Plymouth Sound' DJ talks to the crowd

1986 The Armada Centre with a Cokin starburst filter

The Armada Centre with a Cokin starburst filter

1986 Crowds mill around the newly-opened Armada Centre

Crowds mill around the newly-opened Armada Centre

1986 A band plays at the Plymouth Sound roadshow at the end of Armada Way

A band plays at the Plymouth Sound roadshow at the end of Armada Way

1986 Plymouth Sound Radio, live broadcast

Plymouth Sound Radio, live broadcast

1986 People watch as a band plays live on air

People watch as a band plays live on air

1986 Nosher was clearly obsessed with the view out of the bedroom window at Cromwell Road

Nosher was clearly obsessed with the view out of the bedroom window at Cromwell Road

1986 A ball of bath foam is held up to the light

A ball of bath foam is held up to the light

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Andy Bray hangs around with Nosher

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