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16 April 2005 The other Isle of Wight airfield - Sandown
Although it was a foggy start we hoped for better things as the day progressed.  So undeterred we set off for the airfield.  Once in the air the visibility improved and we were soon able to see the Island.  We called up and learned the landing instructions and watching out for other traffic we landed and taxied to the pumps for fuel.
Landing on runway 05
Immediately we noticed that a new building was being erected on the airfield.  We understand it to be a restaurant/clubhouse/function rooms and is due to open late May.  Quite an impressive building.
Clubhouse almost ready

We had a coffee in the existing cafe before heading down towards the beach through the rather wet footpaths, past Shanklin railway station.  The sun came out periodically making the walk along the beach very pleasant.  Sadly the Island is becoming more and more crowded as houses are being built in all available spaces.  Old buildings are being pulled down and flats put in their place.  The freshly painted beach huts awaiting their summer visitors looked fun.  We were however, very pleased to find our favourite cafe on the beach was still there unchanged and we had lunch before the trek back to the airfield.

Two very weary people arrived back at the airfield and having checked the plane took off towards Portsmouth.  Then along the coast to Littlehampton.  I am always interested in this part of the coast as my parents lived there prior to the deaths.  Up past Arundel castle and over to the sadly empty Dunsfold airfield and onto Cranleigh where we past over a friend's house and were pleased to see them waving at us from their garden.  It is so sad to see those splendid Dunsfold runways unavailable to the likes of us.  Onto Guildford where we were again pleased to see some friends over from Australia waving enthusiastically at us.  Seeing the Cathedral rising above Guildford is always a splendid site.  Back along the Hogsback, past Lasham where some gliders were enjoying the last thermals of the day and back home to a lovely sunset.

Almost sundown
Another successful and most enjoyable day.