2007 - Meeting friends at White Walham
|The plan was to
attend the VAC Snowdrop flyin at Bicester. But the dreaded VAC curse
has not lost its strength over the Christmas period. Saturday was
windy, wet and low cloud.
looked better, so bags packed we headed for the airfield. This time
of the year there are few flyins so we decided just to get into the air
would be a bonus. The entrance to the runways looked wet but the
runway itself looked OK.
|AY was as good as
ever and started first time despite not being flown for four weeks.
She was clearly as keen as us to fly.
|We headed West
along the River Test, viewing the rather flooded fields around Salisbury.
|We could see
Bristol, Bath and went past a white cap badge on the chalk hills we could
not remember seeing before. Then up to Bradford-on-Avon where the
road, railway and canal meet. So keeping them in sight we headed for
Devizes to see the famous lock system.
we headed for White Waltham.
|Filling up with
fuel over the magic number of litres allowed us a free landing - always
welcome. We were sad to see on the WW notice board to see that
Freddie Stringer had died on 12 January. We ate extremely good bacon
baguettes and coffee and chatted to members of the FM Tiger group before
taking off we noticed a menacing looking cloud ahead. We were in for
a bumpy ride home! It soon started raining and strong thermals
certainly gave Martin some flying practice. It was strange as the
weather was very certainly local. We could see bright sunshine the North
and South of us. Fortunately we got out of the bad weather by the time we
returned to the airfield. Landing safely we taxied to the hangers,
washed the plane and put her away. Must bring those covers home
soon, they do need a wash. Maybe I should find some more old sheets
and make a second set. Maybe...........