|6 January 2008 -
|The weather forecasters had
promised a break in the frightening gales we had been experiencing so
having not made it into the air yet this year Martin was champing at the
bit to do so.
|So we headed for the
airfield. Whilst preparing AY for the flight the owners of the
Luscombe kept in the hanger arrived and announced they were off to a hard
runway and had chosen Henstridge. Jan guessed maybe the lure of the
Henstridge kitchen may also be an attraction.
|They took off before us and
headed West. We followed along the usual landmarks of Chilbolton
Telescope, a wide excursion around Middle Wallop, South of Salisbury,
North of Shaftesbury for a straight in on Runway 25. The wind was
light and down the runway enabling a gentle touchdown.
|The Luscombe boys were
already in the club house, we took on fuel before joining them.
Several other planes had also taken advantage of the decent weather.
Chatting and partaking of the excellent food at Henstridge we lost track
of time and realised we had been there for about an hour and a half and
looking out through the windows we saw some low cloud scudding across the
runway and decided it was time to head for home.
|The return journey was
uneventful although there was more cloud and no trace of sun. On
reaching the River Test we ran into rain passing through a shower for
about three miles. Luckily it had stopped raining by the time we
reached the airfield and we landed safely about five minutes after the
Luscombe had returned
|Pleased to have had such a
good flight so early in the season we cleaned AY, put her covers on and
went home happy