|Sturgate in Lincolnshire -
3 June 2006
|Summer has arrived, we were
beginning to wonder whether we would ever wear short again. Today we
were certainly glad of them it was rather warm.
|We had been invited to a
birthday barbecue that evening so decided it must be an early start.
We were in the air by 9:50 and headed North for Turweston where we planned
to stop for fuel. The visibility was very good and we could see for
miles. We are familiar with the route so could enjoy the trip
without worrying too much about where our next heading would be.
Turweston were quite busy but it was a good place to stop for fuel, the
tanks took 80 litres, well past the minimum to entitle us to a free
|Having filled the aeroplane
and had a welcome coffee we headed off for unfamiliar territory.
Passing Silverstone who we guessed were making preparations for next
weekend, when the British Grand Prix takes place there. (The picture is
taken on the return journey)
|We headed North passing
Northampton, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Newark on Trent taking a
moment to look at Belvoir Castle and the meandering River Trent with it's
power stations. We turned off just after the third on and headed for
Sturgate. They were certainly very busy. We were asked to land
on Runway 27 and took our place in the circuit, opting to land on the
|Sturgate is the home of the
Lincoln Aero Club and the flyin weekend was to celebrate their 50th
Anniversary. The airfield was one of the last airfields built during
WW2, and opened too late to see operational service.
|We received a very warm
welcome when we signed in and were informed tea or coffee was free and
burgers or hot dogs £1. What value, and the lamb and mint burger
|After lunch we took a look
around the other planes that had landed and chatted to friends from White
Waltham before we sadly decided we must head for home, if we were to be in
time for the evenings entertainment.
|The return journey was
uneventful and we flew directly home. It was wonderful to be able to
see the English countryside in sunshine. It was clear that summer
had arrived when we cleaned the windscreen of flies, something we had not
done for while. Whilest putting the finishing touches to
putting the plane to bed two fellow aviators returned from their trip to
Bembridge. We chatted for a while before departing for home