|We flew to White Waltham for fuel and lunch, routing
South of Aldermaston and South of Reading to point Sierra. Then on to White
Waltham to join through the overhead for a left hand circuit on runway 25.
The airfield was busy with a lengthy queue for fuel. When we got to the
front of the fuel queue we were very disappointed to find that the optimum
step ladder that had been used to refuel high wing aircraft had been
replaced by a heavy steel platform on wheels. This was far from ideal since
to get near the fuel filler points on a 170 a stepladder is required that
straddles the undercarriage leg. Fuelling with this device was really
difficult and its weight was excessive, making it difficult to manoeuvre close to the wheel spats.
had lunch and met up with our friends Sue Thompson and John Coker who were
After lunch we departed out to the West and flew over Rotherwick and then
further West to look at the runway renovations at Membury airfield from the
air. After turning Membury is was a leisurely return flight back to base
with just time to clean and put the aeroplane to bed before it got dark.