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First North Sea Flight
100 years ago today, a Norwegian pilot, Tryggve Gran, made the first flight across the North Sea from Cruden Bay to Stavanger (map, below right) on 30 July 1914. Gran had earlier been a member of Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole (below, left); on the return voyage, he had met the Irish aviator, Robert Loraine, and had immediately become interested in flying. Gran’s monoplane, “Ça Flotte”, was bought from the aviation pioneer Louis Blériot and shipped up to Cruden Bay where it was reassembled. Due to the imminent onset of the First World War, all flights by civilian planes were banned after 6pm on 30 July 1914, so Gran started his journey at 8 o’clock that morning, in what must been one of the last civilian flights for the next four years. A monument commemorating the flight can be found in Cruden Bay, south of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire on the road to Port Errol harbour.