Thanks to Everett Garson from Eday. I have a vague memory of landing at what I thought was a beach in Eday, probably in the early 70’s. I have asked many people if there was a beach strip but the answer was inevitably no 🙂
Until the golden islander arrived where I had good fortune to meet Everett at the airport. Through having a chat with him, I discovered that I wasn’t going mad as he told me that while the runway was being done up in the early 70’s, the loch was drained and became a temporary airfield for the islanders.
Not only did he tell me about it, he gave me a photo showing an Islander aircraft on/in the loch.
Many thanks for letting me share.
Thanks for reading
After over 10 years of blogging and keeping the Spottersblog name going started by Tommy Mogren, I have finally managed to secure the domain I have been waiting on.
http://spotters.blog has been a long wait but was worth it as waiting for other domains with the title was proving to be too expensive although I did own spottersblog.uk.
I have resized a number of pictures taken over the last couple of months ranging from lovely sunrises at the airport to the new NLB helicopter now operated by PDG.
It was nice to see the return of Jim at the helm but we thought Kenny the engineer was gone. Gladly we were wrong and Kenny appeared back in the terminal a fortnight ago so welcome back.
Anyway, no long spiel and hope you like the pics.
Thanks for taking the time to visit
This was a picture scanned from an original given to me by the late John (Jock) Harcus of Heathfield cottage.
All the billets down the right hand side and the workshop roughly about the middle are where my dads land is now. The only thing that remains is the concrete base where the workshop was.
Who are the GANG, I hear you ask. They are a great bunch of photographers in the General Aviation Nutters Group which I follow on Facebook.
As some of you know, the Orkney Aviation Festival kicks off next Thursday and we are are due to get a visit from Britten Norman with their Golden Islander and a Defender.
A quick search on google finds nothing so I went to the GANG and I got sent some fantastic pictures which they have given me permission to use. WE are expecting the golden islander but not sure if the Defender pictured is the one that is coming.
Starting off with Alan Lapworth
These were taken at RIAT 2016. The next 2 are from Chris Clarkson
The next 4 from Paul Mcivor
Do you recognise the one under the tarpaulin. Next time you are watching the latest Bond movie, check the registration on the fuselage.
The final picture is from Mark Jones, not either of the aircraft coming to Kirkwall but worthy of sharing. Thank you very much gentlemen, I am indebted to you and appreciate your assistance.
Thank you for reading, hopefully see you next Saturday when, all things working out, the Islanders will be available for public viewing thanks to Dave Berston, Kirkwall Airport Manager.
All the best