Sea Plane lands in Littlehampton Harbour

Sunday, 27th July saw a very busy one-day Littlehampton Water Front Festival organised by Littlehampton Harbour Board. This year’s event proved enormously popular with locals and visitors alike.  Much credit must go to Littehampton Harbour Master Billy Johnson and his wonderful team for creating such a carnival atmosphere despite all the ongoing construction works of Littlehampton’s sea defences.

The event which included an open day at Littlehampton’s RNLI with visiting RNLI boats from neighbouring stations; dingy sailing, swimming racing and many other attractions, however the real star of the show as the arrival of a Sea Plane which after a fly over landed to a round of applause in the River Arun.

Littlehampton harbourboard staff

Littlehampton Water Front Festival was compared by Keith Croft a well-known and much-loved master of ceremonies for Littlehampton events. Keith the crowd updated and entertained throughout the day with up-to-the-minute information on what was happening. Above Keith is announcing the arrival of the sea plane.

Littlehampton Sea Plane 2

The Sea plane arrives and touches the water briefly before heading back out again for its final landing approach. The plane, a Cessna C182R is a single engined aircraft which can land both on water and runways. Owned and piloted by Captain John Russell, this plane is a familiar aircraft in the Solent and the Isle of Wight areas.

Littlehampton sea plane

If you look closely at the yacht’s rigging you can see the seaplane coming in to land.


Just about to touch down.


Touching down.


Safely down. Note the trolley like wheels at the front of the floats. Under the floats the landing gear allows this plane to land on traditional runway surfaces as well as water.

Littlehampton Sea plane 6

Harbour staff assist the plane and tow it to the pontoons where everyone could get a closer look.

Littlehampton Waterfront Festival crowds

This year’s event certainly managed to pull the crowds to Littlehampton and everyone I spoke to (or overheard) were loud in their praise for the interesting and enjoyable event this was and much credit again to Billy and the team at Littlehampton Harbour Board for putting on such a great day’s entertainment.

Littlehampton Waterfront Festival crowds 1

Crowds enjoying Littlehampton’s Waterfront Festival

Waterfront Festival view

All the visiting boats were open to the public to have a wander around and see what the inside of a lifeboat looks like and chat to the friendly RNLI crew who were manning the vessels.

Waterfront Festival patrol vessel

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