On the June 30 2012 visit , i was able to meet a very special CFML visitor , Mr Patricio Parragué who was present at the restoration. Patricio's connection to the project is that his uncle Mr Roberto Singer, was a friend of Captain PG Taylor, and ex owner of the two PBY 6A now based in Australia that flew from Portugal to Australia.
It was a nice experience to meet someone behind the Catalina's history and Patricio and myself have since formed a good friendship. He also brought a unique Catalina flight patch and a special scale model of the Catalina in on the day to show.
We expect to know more soon when this aircraft may refly after undergoing further restoration work.. It will be a great experience when it does.
Also on June 30 i was extremely honoured to be taken up on a Cessna 172 for a flight over Rathmines base area and then later on attended the former base officer mess for a dinner. Here are these photos.