A landing accident is how the Sopwith Waterplane's bid for the 1913 Circuit of Britain race for Seaplanes concluded, according to Wikipedia.
It crashed, to be precise. But it did so with some distinction, having flown two-thirds of the course and logged the longest distance flown above water to date.
Its pilot, Australian Harry Hawker, did not win the £5000 prize for completing the race, but comprehensively defeated his three rivals by virtue of the fact that his "floatplane" actually got off the ground.
That achievement will be marked over the Cromarty Firth on Friday as the Consolidated Catalina, the oldest airworthy amphibian plane still flying in the UK, will attempt to retrace the race's historic route.
There is something about waterplanes. Glasgow residents recognise the thrill of seeing Europe's only commercial seaplane service operating from a city centre, taking passengers from the Clyde to Oban and Mull.
In this age of Boeing and Airbus competing in the market for super-jumbos, this charming mode of travel is a welcome reminder of our aviation heritage, a gentle throwback to the days when air travel was both romantic and daring.
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