Archive for August 1st, 2017

Scapa Flow visit by new aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier is expected to visit Scapa Flow on Wednesday, 100 years to the day since a plane landed on the deck of a moving ship for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever built for the Navy, is currently undergoing sea trials after setting out from Rosyth […]

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£64,000 granted for stoat eradication project

£64,600 in funding has been awarded toward plans for a stoat eradication project in Orkney, set to be the largest of its kind in the world. The Orkney Native Wildlife Project, which aims to safeguard Orkney’s native wildlife by addressing the threat from the non-native predator, could also be set to benefit from more than […]

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Weather watching: summer rainfall remains above average

This year’s unusual weather continued with last weekend’s cloudburst and above average July rainfall, according to Rousay astronomer and weather watcher John Vetterlein. Mr Vetterlein said: “The trend in erratic weather patterns continues with rainfall for the year so far, up to August 1, 20 per cent above average. “July itself gave 90.9mm, average 62.85mm, […]

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Historic landing remembered

A new memorial, dedicated to pioneering pilot Edwin Dunning will be unveiled in Orkney tomorrow, Wednesday. On 2 August 1917, Squadron Commander Dunning landed a Sopwith Pup biplane on HMS Furious in Scapa Flow — the first time an aircraft had ever touched down on the deck of a moving ship. Tragically, Dunning died a week later when, […]

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