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Adventure Trail 4 - Flying Boats

Planes landing on Poole harbour

Sunderland flying boats

Seaport or airport? Poole can do it all.

Watching boats glide across Poole Harbour, it’s hard to imagine the waters doubling up as a runway. But high-speed take-offs and landings were a standard sight – as normal as launches and dockings - during the 1940s and 50s.

The famous flying boats splash-landed in Poole, connecting Britain with its colonies across the globe. Flights from Honk Kong and Australia could take four to five days.

Some say Poole is the birthplace of millions of fantastic flights that following - BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) established itself in Poole harbour, and later became British Airways.

More shoreline adventures? ... Go to the BAITER AND BEYOND trail hotspot further along the seaside edge of HARBOUSIDE PARK and LABRADOUR DRIVE, or enter code RISKS.

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