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Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by np1991 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:24 pm

Unsure if this should be in here or low level section but anyway, a few from both side of Loch Ness of Catalina G-PBYA operating over the Loch around Urquhart Castle on Friday and Saturday.

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ImageCatalina Over Loch Ness by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina Over Loch Ness by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina Over Loch Ness by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina Over Loch Ness by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina Over Loch Ness by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina Over Loch Ness by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina Over Urquhart Castle by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina by Niall Paterson, on Flickr

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ImageCatalina + Urquhart Castle by Niall Paterson, on Flickr


Unfortunately it developed an issue with one of its engines so is moored near Drumnadrochit.
Thanks for looking.
Cheers Niall

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Punkrunner62 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:44 pm

Stunning Niall, just stunning.
Cheers.

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Mike » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm

Quality shots there Niall :thumb:
Did the starboard engine stop when it was in the air or when it was still on the loch yesterday? Apparently it needs a new starter motor and one of the perspex blister windows has been smashed by a RIB (not the RNLI one that towed it back to Temple Pier).

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by dragonchaser » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:41 pm

What a super set, great aircraft!

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Thunder » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:10 pm

Wow wow and wow!! No1 & 3 are great but No7 is absolutely superb👍🏻

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by F3 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:17 pm

Fabulous set of a Cat in/on its natural element and in such stunning scenery. Scotland at its best. What's not to like?

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by paddyboy » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:15 am

Hi Niall :P

I’m almost speechless looking at those :Wow:

Superb shots :thumbs:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Calum1991 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:44 am

Stunning set, Niall. Wish I could have made it up.

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by np1991 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:04 am

Thanks folks, much appreciated.

Mike, it shut down and started again a couple times on the Loch on Saturday, however one of the times it went to start nothing happened. One engine would start ok but other wasn't playing. Shame really as I think they were finished for the day and heading back to Inverness when the issue occurred.
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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Morseman » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:21 am

Beautiful, thanks.

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Supra » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:45 am

Great set of shots in a super location. Last image appears to show stbd engine stopped & feathered on the landing run? The penultimate shot also shows same engine with prop feathered. :O Surely an unusual configuration & not a starter motor issue? :unsure:

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by roughcutter » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:23 am

Brilliant set of shots and in a great setting too, not something you'd see everyday. Right place right time :thumb: I read in Flypast recently that 'Miss Pick Up' was soon due to fly out to Italy - Lake Como (Lombardy), don't know whether it's going to be based there or an airshow event?
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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Pippie123 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:14 pm

Brilliant

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by eLaReF » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:19 pm

Thunder wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:10 pm
Wow wow and wow!! No1 & 3 are great but No7 is absolutely superb👍🏻
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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by falconfighting » Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:38 pm

How did I miss these - stunning
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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Pune » Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:18 pm

Fabulous images, what a treat for those around the Loch, thanks for sharing.. :thumb:
If you can keep your head whilst all around are losing theirs, you have probably completely misread the situation!!

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by DavieB » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:44 am

Mike wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:37 pm
Anyone got a spare £20,000? https://www.gofundme.com/f/misspickup?u ... y_link_all
Great to see they have hit their target.

And fantastic shots there Niall.

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by Mike » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:54 am

The latest from their funding page (they're now looking for £29,400) :-

What was originally thought to be just a fault starter motor has turned out to be something inside the engine itself shearing and preventing the starter motor from turning the engine over. The only solution is to change the engine and send the damaged one off for overhaul.

As you can imagine the logistics involved are massive and we have split them into three phases:

Phase 1 - Removing Miss Pick Up from the Loch to dry land (actual cost over £13,000)
Phase 2 - Performing the engine change away from base (estimated cost £8600)
Phase 3 - Returning Miss Pick Up to the Loch to fly her home (estimated cost £7800)

We have managed phase one of the operation but we're still a long way from being able to get her returned to her home in Duxford.

Phase 2 will involve transporting our spare engine from Duxford to Loch Ness and then spending two to three weeks swapping them over. This will involve more cranes to winch the damaged engine off and then replace in which is not an easy task, especially out in the open and away from the facilities of our home base. The damaged engine will then need to be returned to Duxford to be accessed.

Phase 3 will involve another big crane to put her back onto the Loch along with boats to ensure it all goes well. Once back on the water, we will take her to Inverness for a final check before flying her back home to Duxford.

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Re: Catalina @ Loch Ness

Post by DavieB » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:33 am

Ah, thanks Mike, had donated but somehow missed the new target, must pay more attention....

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