Last month our newest floatplane passed through the UK.

Our newest Amphibious Cessna 208 floatplane passed through the UK in March 2018, travelling from Scotland to Lydd, Calshot and then finally, Duxford. To see the journey it took starting in Canada, to get to the UK, you can read Dylan and Val, the ferry pilots, blog posts here.

On Monday 19 March, staff from the MAF UK and MAF International offices met the plane at Lydd airport in Kent for a chance to see it in action and meet with Pilot Chad Tilley. Although the weather was absolutely freezing, everyone really enjoyed being able to see the aircraft we’d heard so much about up close and pray a blessing over it together.

MAF UK and MAFI staff gathered at Lydd airport to greet the plane

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On Tuesday 20 March, the plane headed to Southampton, where it was unable to make a water-landing at Calshot due to unsafe weather conditions. The plane did, however, do a wonderful fly-by for all who came to watch!

The floatplane doing a fly-by on 20 March at Calshot

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On Wednesday 21 March, the weather was significantly improved, and a magnificent water landing did take place with the help of the Calshot RNLI team. Both MAF UK staff and supporters managed to capture a wonderful selection of stunning photographs from the day below: 

Calshot RNLI helped the floatplane land safely. Photo credit: Roger Eldridge

Water landing at Calshot

Making it's way ashore at Calshot Activities Centre. Calshot castle visible.

In 2017, MAF Bangladesh flew 393 flights, taking 898 passengers

Finally, on Saturday 24 March the plane made its way to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridge for a day of talks, flight simulator fun, exhibitions and food inside the hangar there. We had a great turn out, and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did. Here is a selection of photos from the day: 

Having landed safely, the plane was pushed into the hangar at IWM Duxford

Pilot Chad Tilley giving a talk inside the hangar at IWM Duxford

MAF UK staff team at IWM Duxford

We are so thankful for all our faithful supporters and for their patience and understanding about the dates of the events due to the unpredictable winter weather. We thank all those who came along, some travelling long distances, to support these events.

MAF Pilot Chad Tilley MAF Pilot Bangladesh

Each venue hosted our MAF team, including our Floatplane Pilot Chad Tilley, who has spent many years flying in Bangladesh.

“I’m so proud to have been part of MAF’s service in Bangladesh – a fragile and desperately poor nation. With our unique ability to reach almost every part of the country, MAF has responded to many calls for help in disaster situations. Thousands of lives have been saved thanks to our floatplane, and this new aircraft will help rebuild even more communities and transform lives for years to come.”

Chad Tilley, MAF Floatplane Pilot

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What’s next for the floatplane?

The floatplane is currently awaiting permission to enter Bangladesh. Once this is received we look forward to sharing the planes onward journey to Bangladesh. 

We ask you to join with us in prayer, that this new aircraft blesses many physically and spiritually isolated people in Bangladesh for years to come.

To find out more about our programme and work in Bangladesh, click here.