Flying boat doco dvd due for release soon

A DOCUMENTARY outlining the history of flying boats on the Clarence is to be released soon.

According to Gordon Lowe from the Brisbane based consultancy firm Viewpoint Marketing Services, editing is now in its final stages.

“Editing the film has taken well over 12 months,” Mr Lowe said.

“Some 24 specialists have been involved in the film's production, and that does not include those people who participated by way of interviews.

“Anyone who is really interested in Grafton and aviation history will want a copy.”

The documentary tells the story of the little known airline Trans Oceanic Airways and chronicles the flying boats that arrived on the Clarence from 1946 to 1967.

There are also many historic interviews including Trans Oceanic Airways founder, Captain Bryan Monkton. The film also features first officer John Poate, PG Taylor and others.

The documentary also includes a passenger list from 1949, which was published in The Daily Examiner.

“We deliberately included the passenger manifest, as there would be many Graftonians whose forbears travelled to Sydney on that day,” Mr Lowe said.

Mr Lowe said the star of the show was Grafton resident Len Riley, who remembered the flying boats as a young boy.

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