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PICTURES: Monster seaplane rises again from Loch Ness


By Louise Glen

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Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..

One of the last flying Catalina seaplanes in the world has flown again this morning.

In a meticulously planned manoeuvre Miss Pick Up, who was stranded in Loch Ness after engine failure at the end of October, made a short flight to Inverness Airport.

A fundraising campaign achieved more than £30,000 to help the seaplane's owners, The Catalina Society, replace its engine.

Shortly after 8am this morning, the WWII plane was lifted back into the water from Temple Pier at Drumnadrochit.

Her crew undertook engine tests on the loch.

She then flew again at around 10am.

Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..

She took a short flight to Inverness Airport ahead of her longer trip back to her home at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..

Dave Legg, from The Catalina Society, said: "We waited for a weather window to get her back onto the water.

"She underwent engine tests on the water before she flew a short trip to Inverness Airport.

"After checks we will be making arrangements to fly her back to Duxford.

Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..

"We can not thank everyone who supported the society enough. Without their support things could have been very different for Miss Pick UP. We have received a warm welcome in the Highlands and we thank everyone who has gone out of their way to help us.

Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Catalina being put back into the water at Loch ness, Drumnadrochit....Picture: Callum Mackay..

"I am sure she will return again soon."

Read more:

Up, up and away for 10-tonne Miss Pick Up at Loch Ness

Miss Pick Up fundraiser takes off with £29,400 target met


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