After the great success of the
recent commemoration of the Crash
of Beaufighter JL710 sixty three years ago there was discussion
about flying from Templeport lake. We believe
no aeroplane has ever successfully lifted off from the water of Templeport
lake so Steve Powell a colleague who had read the booklet about the
Crash of the Beaufighter and owns one of the few amphibian aircraft
in Ireland based close by at St Angelo airport Enniskillen brought his
Maule Super Rocket amphibian float plane "Foxtrot Charlie"
down on the lake on Saturday morning 19th August. Although the day was
dull with occasional showers and periods of heavier rain we did manage
to take a number of photographs both of the aircraft itself and the
area around Bawnboy.
Steve Powell, one of the principals of The
Amphibious Flying Club is a fully qualified flying instructor and
Ian Thompson and Hugo Wilhare had this little anecdote
in their report on the 'Flying in Ireland' Forum of their trip around
Ireland listing the light aircraft they saw.
Dromod marine Sun 1st Aug 2004
While we were at the museum, in the far distance, an amphibian aircraft
was noted lining up to land on Lough Bofin close to Dromod. To far away
to even make out the aircraft type. Phil Bedford told us that was a
normal occurrence, with frequent visits from the Killaloe based LA.4’s
and N210SA Maule (now up for sale). A quick look later showed nothing.
The Maule M-7-235B Super Rocket a high-wing STOL aircraft powered by
a 235 hp Lycoming engine was previously registered as N210SA. It has
a wingspan of 32' 11" and length of 23' 8"
It was a pity the weather hadn't been better but it
was a lovely experience anyway!
I hope you enjoy the photographs which were taken by
Isabel and me, They are copyright however you are welcome to use them
for private or personal purposes. If you'd like larger photographs please
mail us. If you want to use them commercially please contact
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The original scanned version of the front cover story
by Bob Davy of the Maule on floats in Pilot magazine is available here
and a smaller version (1.3 MB) of the same article is here.