Recently I was very lucky in that the Air Cadet unit that I instruct with helped out a local flying club with their Air Show. I spent the morning helping direct traffic, which got quite interesting as I have to use a wheelchair. Got to see the display for free though.
If that wasn't good enough though the club, The Waveny Flying Group based at the old WWII USAF Liberator airfield at Seething in Norfolk invited the cadets and staff down for a BBQ and a flight. We hoped that all of the kids would get a trip, and maybe the adults as well. In the end all of the cadets got three trips, some who wanted it got four, and all of the adults got two trips. I was got both my trips in this PA 28 Cherokee.
All the trips that day were on the same route, out to the coast at Southwold, up the coast past Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth, then back to Seething, skirting the Norwich airport controlled zone.
Climb out over the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum at FlixtonIMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/puYJib Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee by alan-evans, on Flickr
Turning north over Southwold to fly along the coast towards England's most easterly point, visible near the top of the frame.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/pv9bm4 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee by alan-evans, on Flickr
This is Ness Point Lowestoft, the most easterly point in the UK.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/pHKkeG Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee by alan-evans, on Flickr
We carried on along the coast to Gt Yarmouth, where I now live. The Golden Mile and two piers on the seafront.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/oNZhRU Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee by alan-evans, on Flickr
Finally on the leg back to seething, the Yare looking west towards Norwich at Cantley, the (in)famous sugar beet factory is just off the right hand edge of the photo.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ptrMRU Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee by alan-evans, on Flickr
I would like to thank all of the club members who took the cadets and us lucky staff flying that day, all at their own expense, the number of pilots that offered to help was amazing. They had people flying in eight different aircraft, from a 1952 vintage Piper Supercub, to the latest Cirrus.
The gallery of the days pictures can be seen here.