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193. LAA Rally, Sywell

16/09/2015

It was only ten days ago, but already it feels unbelievably distant.

Alan Turney had dropped the trailer in the car park as promised, and we got it parked outside the main marquee in order to rig it.

We had caused something of a stir by asking that a completed aircraft be located inside the marquee, but there was no way we were going to risk it being left outside in the rain, and the LAA were very helpful in making the necessary arrangements. The marquee people dismantled the side to allow the fuselage in, and Theo and I got it erected in pretty slick fashion. We are getting rather used to doing it now!

The three days passed in something of a blur; more or less everybody seemed very interested in it and wanted to know more, and we had a great time telling everyone about it.

We met any number of great people, and while it’s invidious to pick out individuals, of particular interest was Eric Verdon Roe, grandson of Alliott Verdon Roe, founder of the Avro company and probably the first person to fly in Great Britain. This means that during this remarkable summer, we’ve met the grandchildren of the founders of three of the most illustrious companies in British aviation – Bristol, Shorts, and Avro. What a privilege!

One highlight was the visit by ATC 1379 from Leiston in Suffolk. They were very much taken with the Scout and two of them sat in the cockpit to have their photographs taken.

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And this young lady demonstrated that it's perfectly possible to get into the cockpit of a WWI aircraft wearing a skirt with dignity, style, and her dignity intact!

And this young lady demonstrated that it’s perfectly possible to get in and out of the cockpit of a WWI aircraft wearing a skirt with dignity, style, and her dignity intact!

Altogether a wonderful weekend!

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