Father's Day is 100 years old and so is the seaplane. To celebrate both centenaries the UK's only commercial seaplane service is offering a special Father's Day flight for just £100.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes is to provide special Father's day gift vouchers which will commemorate the 100th anniversaries of both the first ever seaplane flight and the birth of an idea which has since become an annual world-event event.
Father's Day started in the United States on June 19th 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington devised a special day to honour men like her own father, a Civil War veteran who had been left in charge of six children after his wife died.
The day was such a success it was eventually recognised by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 who signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. The event quickly spread around the world reaching widespread popularity in the UK in the late 1960s.
Just three months before Sonora Smart Dodd staged the first Father's Day, Henri Fabre completed the first successful seaplane take-off on March 28, 1910 when he flew his aircraft, nicknamed Le Canard, just 1,650 feet over a lake at Martinque in France. Fabre's achievement sparked a revolution in aircraft design which lead to one of the most romantic periods of aviation in the 1930s when flying boats carried passengers around the world long before many land-based airports had been built.
“Father’s Day gift tokens are always popular but as this year is worth celebrating for a couple of reasons we decided to offer a special price of £100 to mark both centenaries,” said David West, Director and founder of Loch Lomond Seaplanes.
“Experience gifts are popular because they provide something a tangible product alone can’t provide – memories for life. There is something special and undeniably romantic about taking off and landing on water with a flight over some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. You can't get that feeling from a bottle of aftershave.”
The UK’s only seaplane service offers a variety of charters, tours and destination flights from the river Clyde in the centre of Glasgow and from Loch Lomond.
Gift vouchers usually start from £129, are valid for flights up to 12 months from date of purchase and can be upgraded at a later date.
Alternatively passengers can take one of the airline’s regular on-demand services from the river Clyde in the centre of Glasgow to Oban Bay, complete with a bird’s eye view of numerous ancient castles, lochs and mountains which make up the dramatic beauty of Scotland’s West Coast.
A return flight to Oban starts from £169 per person. Passengers can stay on the flight and return immediately or disembark and fly back later in the day or at a later date.
For further details on the special Father's Day flights please visit www.lochlomondseaplanes.com or call 01436 675030