Aeroplane Monthly 1990-07
A.Edney - California's Solent
Resplendent in all-white RAF finish, NJ203 stands on its beaching gear at Oakland airport, California.
Another view of Solent NJ203 parked at Oakland airport. Work is continuing on bringing the 40yr-old flying-boat back to airworthiness: there are tentative plans to use it for pleasure-flights around San Francisco Bay and even to Hawaii.
The flight deck of sole surviving Solent 3 NJ203. Only one other Solent exists anywhere - Mk 4 ZK-AMO on static display at the Museum of Transport and Technology at Auckland, New Zealand.
NJ203's "1940s BOAC classical" cocktail bar, bedecked with Pacific murals and complete with swizzle-sticks in the glasses.
Part of the passenger cabin, with table laid for dinner.