jersey-seaplane

I think tonight I have found an aircraft that will be a new one to many if not most of you.  Certainly new to me.  It is a Supermarine Sea Eagle. A British passenger plane from the 1920s.  Obviously, as you can see from the image, it was a flying boat. It was built by the Supermarine Aviation Works for its subsidiary the British Marine Air Navigation company to be used on their cross-channel route between Southampton and the Channel Islands.

Quite an interesting history to this plane. Only three aircraft were built, G-EBFK, G-EBGR and  G-EBGS. They were planned to be used on a service between Southampton and Guernsey  and Jersey. The Guernsey route began on 25 September 1923.  I don’t know about the Jersey route but I think it was around the same time. Anyway, this was the world’s first scheduled passenger air service by flying boat. However, G-EBFK crashed on 21 May 1924 and then in January 1927, G-EBGS was lost when it was rammed by a ship in the harbor of St Peter Port in Guernsey.  The third aircraft continued on the route until 1928.

Sadly the wooden hull of the surviving Sea Eagle, G-EBGR, was retained by Vickers until 1949, when they presented it to  BOAC who, would you believe this, burnt it in 1954 because of a lack of storage space.  Well now I know why I wanted to work for BEA! and not BOAC. 🙂

The stamp is from the 1973 Jersey Aviation History issue.      It shows        G-EBFK.

Best wishes..  enjoy your stamps and your aviation. Only 5 more days until I get back in the air!  oh and Merry Christmas to all my readers just I case I don’t get time to write again in coming few days.

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