|26 August 2006
- Great Vintage Flyin at Henstridge
|This is an
airfield we always enjoy visiting and the Great Vintage events are always
well organised. We arranged to take our friend Paul with us as his
Bulldog is still not airworthy.
|We arrived at the
airfield and got the plane ready taking off fairly early with three on
board. We flew over Chilbolton being reminded of the visit Paul had
arranged for us early in the year. The fields around were brown and
|Then on to
Henstridge, along the usual well rehearsed route where we had the
crosswind confirmed as far greater than we would like. We asked for
a straight in and since only one other plane was landing we had our
request granted. We gave way to that plane and positioned for
landing on runway 25.
|Martin brought us
down safely and we taxied to the fuel pumps. He then admitted that
the wind was greater than he would really have liked. We declared it
was good practice!! The flyin was in aid of the flying ambulance,
stationed at Henstridge, so landing fees went to a good cause.
Alastair and his girlfriend Sophie arrived shortly after we landed and we
all had burgers and coffee which were very good and a look around the
stalls. Martin then took Alastair and Sophie for a ride over their
house and surrounding district, while Jan and Paul enjoyed a quite coffee
and a chat with the owner of the interesting plane registration G-NDPA. He
explained that flyers tended not to realise the significance. I did
immediately so ...........
|A flying display
by a jet model was amazing, it smelt and sounded just like the larger
version and performed some wonderful manoeuvres. There were some
beautiful examples of vintage cars and we spent some time admiring them
and talking with their owners.
|We were informed
that about 60 planes attended, not as many as they had hoped for or had
attended in previous years, but considering the crosswind and showers it
turned out to be a great day.
|On the way home
we saw what must have been about twenty gliders, we lost count. The
sky seemed full of them at one point. We remembered that Lasham had
a competition on that day. Thanks Paul for joining us it was a most