THE DREAM TEAM

The Supermarine S5 Heritage Group was founded with the desire
to recreate an example of the finest in British engineering.
The team is highly regarded in the aviation field.

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William Hosie
Project Manager
will@supermarineseaplane.co.uk +44 (0) 7585 663670

Professional Pilot: 22,000+ hrs, 59 years old, married with 2 children 
Flown: Airbus, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Beechcraft, Bombardier, De Havilland, Various Seaplanes and Aerobatic displays and Charity Flights

Chris Gotke
Chief Pilot
partners@supermarineseaplane.co.uk

Professional Pilot 
Flown: Various Military and Civil Aircraft

Paul Myers
Group Partner
partners@supermarineseaplane.co.uk +44 (0) 7494 469996

Professional Pilot: 5000+ hrs, 34 years old

Flown: Airbus, Boeing, Douglas, Curtis-Wright, DeHavilland, BAC, Piper, Stinson, Maule, Cessna & some Aerobatics

Liam Bennett

Marketing Manager
partners@supermarineseaplane.co.uk +44 (0) 7927 488078

Professional Pilot: 750+ hrs, 21 years old

Flown: Various light aircraft and gliders

John Wighton
Aircraft Technical Director
partners@supermarineseaplane.co.uk +44 (0) 7770 399315

Professional Aeronautical Engineer. Ex-Chief of Stress at Pilatus Aircraft

Private Pilot: 1000+ hrs, 57 years old, married with 3 children

Europa XS (G-IPOD) owner & building an electric Taylor Titch

BMFA Examiner & keen aeromodeller, flown RC for 48 years

Rod Bellamy
Project Engineer

Licensed engineer & Inspector based in Cornwall
40+ Years of experience building over 30 aircraft such as the Fokker Triplane, Sopwith Camel, Sopwith Pup, Spad, Fokker D8, and many more...

Bill Penaluna

Project Engineer

50+ years in aviation building Fokker triplanes, Sopwith Camels, Pitts Specials S1 & S2, and also Aircraft for the movie "Those magnificent men in their flying machines" with actor Terry Thomas

Colin Van Geffe

PR & Communications

Colin spent over thirty years in industry, specialising in Materials Management, Procurement and Production Control. Following a series of redundancies Colin became self-employed in 1996 and enjoys researching, writing and presenting his popular and detailed Illustrated Talks on a range of subjects, many of which cover his passion – local aviation history close to his home near Calshot in the New Forest.

 

The seaplane and flying boat history of this area is seriously under-estimated and neglected. The development of long-range flying boats and high-speed seaplanes that took place here through the ‘Golden Age’ of flying has been overlooked for too long. Many air speed world records, and distance records were set in/from this area – including RJ Mitchell’s Supermarine S5 - the unsung fore-runner of the world-famous Spitfire.

 

 

‘Landmarks’ in Colin’s working life include:

 

  • Founder member of Wellworthy Apprentices’ Association (former apprentice & employee) 1967

  • Founder member of first Young Enterprise group in New Forest (1969), and later Young Enterprise adviser at Houndsdown Secondary School 1988

  • Founder member of Lymington Hospital Radio

  • Served on a number of committees, including Lymington Community Association, various Youth Clubs, employer’s staff and social groups since 1965

  • Was heavily involved in preparing a permanent display of historical photographs and documents recording the history of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment at Marchwood.

  • (Former) Chairman of Fawley Historians

  • (Former) Executive Committee member of Waterside Heritage

  • Researched, collected & created visual display of aviation history (sea planes & flying boats) for permanent display at former RAF Station Calshot

  • (Former) Custodian at Calshot Castle 2012-13

  • (Former) Governor at Hounsdown School 1986 - 1990

  • (Former) PTA member at Blackfield Junior School 1988 - 1992

  • (Former) Chairman of Bournemouth Red Arrows Association (from 12 Apr 2017)

  • Honorary Vice President : Poole Flying Boats Celebration

  • Honorary Patron : Bournemouth Air Festival 2015 - 2018

  • Life Member & Former Trustee : Friends of New Forest Airfields

  • (First Illustrated Talk 1988; 120+ bookings annually in 2018, 2019

  • First Cruise Ship booking 2011; 16 working cruises completed to end 2019

  • Has contributed to a number of aviation & other publications including:

‘Racing Ace’ Julian Lewis

‘The Saunders Roe Princess Flying Boat’ RW Wealthy

‘British Flying Boats’ Peter London

‘Schneider Trophy to Spitfire’ John Shelton

‘Flying Boats of the Solent’ Norman G Hull

‘View from the Wings’ Colin Cruddas

‘In Hampshire’s Skies’ Colin Cruddas

‘Flying Boats of the Solent and Poole’ Mike Phipp

‘A History of Calshot Spit’ Revised edition 2015.

‘Ancasta Guide Me safely Home’ a novel by Diana Jackson cover designs & aviation history adviser

‘Defenders of the Skies’ for H2 Tv Channel & DVD

‘The New Forest at War’ DVD

‘Transition GO!’ Army Air Corps DVD

  • Numerous live broadcasts with BBC Radio Solent

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