Catalina Island's Aviation History

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Catalina Island Plane | Image from Channel Catalina.

Featuring stunning footage of seaplanes from post-war Catalina, "Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present," features the "Knights of Avalon" who tirelessly flew their Grumman Goose G-21s and the mighty Sikorsky VS-44 Mother Goose to the island. However, due to the rising air fares, and the increasing number of accidents, the seaplanes were grounded in the 1980s ending a unique era in America's aviation history.

This two-hour on-air fundraiser will be hosted by Daisy Torme (daughter of jazz legend Mel Torme) and Wheel of Fortune announcer, Jim Thornton, with guest appearances by Bruce Belland of The Four Preps and Jim Watson, writer/producer/director of the film.

Those wishing to donate during KCET's presentation of "Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present," will receive round-trip tickets to Catalina Island on Catalina Express and all-access passes to 'Weekend 2' of the 26th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival (October 12-14).

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