|6 August 2006
|The Devon Strut
organise some wonderful flyins and we attempt to go to many of them.
We last went to Treborough in 2004.
|We went to the
airfield hoping that the weather would hold out. We took off and
headed West and soon the cloud built up and we were beginning to wonder
whether we would make it. By Shaftesbury the visibility was
diabolical, we called up Henstridge to ask what the weather was like
there. They were experiencing problems also. We turned sadly
for home but not wanting to be disappointed we decided to head North for
the railway line and see whether following it might lead us to brighter
weather. This turned out to be a very good move as when we
approached Crewkerne the clouds lifted and the sun appeared.
|We then headed
for Dunkeswell to obtain fuel. They were using runway 35 with a
right hand circuit. This runway was unfamiliar to us. We
landed safely and taxied to the fuel pump and while waiting a helicopter
handed nearly blowing AY around in a circle. Jan hung on for dear
life and Martin raced to assist her, he had been chatting to a fellow
aviator. After collecting fuel we decided to wait around until the
helicopter had taken off before paying for the fuel and landing fee and
getting a cup of coffee.
|Half an hour
later we headed North to Treborough and soon the two reservoirs were
visible so we looked out for the airfield. We were the fourth plane
to arrive, but were very closely followed by many more.
|We lunched on
cheese rolls, cake and coffee. Wonderful. The weather stayed
warm and sunny. I guess there were about thirty planes in the end, a
very good turn out. The speed of wind grew during the afternoon and
we were beginning to think we would make our exit when a couple who we had
not met for a very long time walked up the line of planes to us. We
stayed to chat and exchange news, very pleased to see them again.
Eventually as all good things must come to an end we said our goodbyes and
|The calm sea air
had travelled well into land and made the start of our journey quite
easy. Then we hit the rough air, that was fun! We flew past
|We landed home
safely, very tired but happy