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Felixstowe   Wings on Waves Seaplane 100th Anniversary

The 100th Anniversary of Seaplanes in Felixstowe took place on 4 August 2013

The Wings on Waves celebration commenced on the Saturday Evening at St Johns Church with Peter Hadwen giving an illuminating talk on vital role that Felixstowe took in the development of Seaplanes in the history of this country. Illustrations of the many crashes that took place were shown, including an incident involving Winston Churchill who had to be dried out in a local hotel. Those attending the talk were invited at it’s close to view the historic RAF insignia on the Mayoral chain of office worn by Jan Garfield Mayor of Felixstowe. Whose commitment to making the 100th anniversary happen have proved so successful

Sunshine again greeted visitors to the suntrap of the East Coast and the celebrations seemed to go off without a hitch. With a church service at St Johns Church, followed by a seafront parade consisting of units from Felixstowe Sea Cadets, Felixstowe Army Cadet Force and Felixstowe Air Training Corps led by the Harwich Pipe Band. Local Guides and Scouts lined the road outside the Town Hall, as the Mayor took the salute.

Air display

Crowds on the beach clapped in appreciation at the formation and aerobatics of the fly past including

Catalina: Fly-Past

2 Pim Special S -ID (Trig Aerobatics)

Auster AOP (Aerial Observation Post)

Yakovlev Yak52: Messerschmitt ME 108;

Supermarine Spitfire: The Grace Spitfire-Aerobatics

A great time was had by all.