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Dr Jeremy Shaw and Geoff his mechanic prepare for the first "mail flight" from Loch Insh


The Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, 20th September 1985, reported as follows :

"Airmail" first for Post Office

The Post Office proved a model of efficiency at the weekend - and enabled a flying club to chalk up a British first. For the first time in postal history, mail was "delivered" from Loch Insh at Kincraig by a model seaplane.

The "first" was achieved at the two-day meeting of the Scottish Aero Modellers Association and the British Water Plane Association. A total of 150 special first-day covers were posted at Kincraig Post Office, then delivered to the shores of Loch Insh by local postie, Andre MacPherson. 1985lochinshcoverlabel

The letters were then loaded aboard Dr Jeremy Shaw's scale model Grumman Albatross for a flight around the choppy waters of the loch before returning to the post office for their dispatch to addresses throughout Britain.

The exercise had been carried out with the co-operation of the Post Office, and, said Mr Duncan Cameron, of Aviemore, the Scottish representative on the water planes association:"It was a genuine first-ever mail-carrying flight."

Force eight winds and choppy seas prevented a much more ambitious flight - Dr Shaw had intended flying the mail from Kincraig to Kingussie, where it would have been collected by postal officials.

"We had clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority and military personnel for a six-mile flight up to an altitude of 500 feet. "But the force eight winds and the effect on fuel consumption forced us to change plans and restrict it to a flight round the loch," said Mr Cameron.