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The Final Flying Boat Tribute Beer Release: Felixstowe Porter

Felixstowe Porter

We just couldn’t make a beer about a British aircraft without thinking porter.  Knowing that this beer was to be released just before Christmas, we had to toss in a little hint of the holiday.  On Friday December 19th, we will release our Felixstowe Porter, an English porter with a hint of chocolate, black malts, and smoke.  A great beer to have on the first nights of winter.

Felixstowe Flying Boats of WW1

During World War 1 Great Britain sought to maintain constant surveillance of the waters surrounding this island nation. Naturally ships of the Royal Navy provided useful service in this effort, but aircraft would increasingly provide vital help as well.  The need by the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) for better long range patrol aircraft over the North Sea during the war led to a remarkable series of flying boats, collectively known as “Felixstowe”.  Designed by Lt. Commander John Cyril Porte of the Royal Navy, these large wooden flying boats were named after the town of Felixstowe in Suffolk County, England. The RNAS operated a Seaplane Experimental Station there and it is where the development of these flying boats took place.

Their introduction into combat service began in late 1917 and their use by the RNAS continued through several models till the end of WW1 and beyond. The Felixstowe series of flying boats proved to be very reliable and were extensively used, especially over the North Sea.  The Felixstowe are often remembered for their colorful “dazzle” paint schemes which were introduced in 1918.  Later versions were built in the United States at the Naval Aircraft Factory for the U.S. Navy which used them post-war.

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