Round the UK Tour 2008

 

 

Following down the page, you will read the actual reports made at the end of each day, while the tour was running. The reports where often written very soon after landing and capture the sense of adventure and emotions that the crew had experienced just moments before. Apart from keeping the other tour members informed, it enabled family and friends to know they were safe and maybe raised a few smiles too.


DAY 1 - PLANS INTO PRACTISE

Monday 18th August - SO MUCH COFFEE!!

Rochester

DAY 2 - NO REST TODAY BUT ENOUGH DIVERSION

Tuesday 19th August - TYPHOONS AND TORNADOS

RAF Coningsby


DAY 3 - THE ENGLISH ARE COMING

Wednesday 20th August - SOGGY FISH AND NEARLY NO CAKE

It wasn’t quite Bannockburn but the TAF’s and METAR’s had conspired to hold back the English invasion.  This was the second attempt for them and time was running out.  Flights had been rearranged and hotel bookings cancelled, so far without loss.  Pretty soon the English would be forced to count the cost if they couldn’t make it to Dundee.

Dundee

DAY 4 - A DAY OF REST

Thursday 21st - FRESH LEGS

The office

Nigel cool under pressure (even when Pete's flying) Whitby

Humberside on finals

RAF Coningsby

Tay Bridge

Beautiful railway bridge of the silvery Tay...



DAY 5 - GETTING ON YA' WICK

Friday 22nd - IT'S THE BIG ONE

At Dundee
They are off!
At last after a long delay - off to Wick

The Captains Log:

clouded vision
Finals Glenforsa Glenforsa

 

DAY 6  - THE OBAN SHUFFLE

Saturday 23rd August - Crew transit day

Today the boys had to do a bit of Highland dancing and learn the Oban Shuffle. 

In the morning, weather in the East showed markedly dropping cloud, with Dundee giving scattered 600, broken 900 and a front coming in from the West already making its presence known where they were.  Another series of go/no go decisions followed, with a quick flight to Oban for fuel and a long wait, due to them not having been able to contact the refueller the prerequisite number of hours in advance.  However, everyone was friendly and they got on their way at 10:30.  They chose the Southern route as it promised the best weather and terrain clearance.  It turned out to be an easy and pleasant trip with the character of the land changing at the Isle of Bute turning point.  They were keen to get to Dundee to give Pete and Malc the best chance of getting back to Oban and whilst it was great to meet up with Pete again a quick turn around was needed for all; and no GPS programming time for Fingers!

Dundee Airport

 

DAY 7  - ON THE WAY HOME THANKS TO JOHN

Sunday 24th August - ALL SAFE & SOUND

Safe at last
Whoooooo!!!!

Very tired after 4.9 hours total airborne time, but relieved to have got to West Wales safely and on time.


 

DAY 8 -  THE END FOR SOME - THE START FOR OTHERS

The Gwbert hotel recommended by our Skyhawk Hotel Consultant was found without any particular problem and there was enough time for Nigel to enjoy his favourite Scandinavian relaxation technique (a sauna - what else!) before an excellent dinner. Well picked Gordon!

 

DAY 9 - THE HOME RUN

GD in imc
No Horizon
Finals Perranporth

 

DAY 10 - THE HOME RUN (Take Two)


 

THE EPILOGUE


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