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Our man in the flying boat

Publication date: 2017-09-19

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Our man in the flying boat

This column has a few soft spots for some things, one of them being flying boats, already depicted here several times before. Jan Nagórski must have liked them as well.

Born in Włocławek in 1888, he is said to have been the first pilot to fly in the polar region, as well as the first to perform a loop in a flying boat. His life was marked by difficulties of the times he lived in - the Great War, the communist revolution, and then also WWII.

An anecdote says that in the 1950s Nagórski attended a public meeting with a hotshot traveller, talking of "one Russian aviation pioneer, who has been missing in action since 1917." Nagórski stood up and said: "I'm not Russian, and I'm not dead at all!"

Our man in the flying boat (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Our man in the flying boat 2 (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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