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259. Saturday 25 June 2016.

29/06/2016

Sue and I woke early to the sound of strong winds blowing outside, and at 0530 couldn’t face the tension any more and got dressed, headed off to the field and inspected the state of the aircraft. She was still there, thank goodness, but it was pretty clear the forecast lull in the wind wasn’t going to happen and it would be impossible to re-erect the back half of the tent.

So when the rest of the team surfaces we decided reluctantly that we’d have to dismantle 1264 and get her back in the trailer, and at 0800 we met the Deputy Mayor to tell him of our decision.

We spent a little time working out how to remove the wings in the lee of the trailer, but worked out a system that didn’t involve lowering the side doors first. With lots of willing hands this worked very well, and within a couple of hours 1264 was back in the trailer, and we heaved a communal sigh of relief, coupled with disappointment that there would be no more flying on Thassos.

We retired to the hotel, and tried to work out what to do next. This was the first day of the Air/Sea show at Kavala, but the start had been delayed until 1800 because of the high temperatures, so we relaxed over lunch and then headed off in two cars to Thassos and the ferry to Keramoti.

Lazarus directed us to the nearest car park, and we set off for the 6th floor of the building on the waterfront from which Lazarus’ father, Panos, was directing the show.

The view of Kavala from our privileged position.

The view of Kavala from our privileged position.

Once installed, Sue and I went back down to see the Aviator Watch stand, where we were welcomed warmly. We were just heading back up for the start of the show when we were asked to come back to the stand, where they’d just sold a Bristol Scout watch, and could I sign the flyer for them?

The airshow was excellent, but I only saw it from the corner of an eye, as people were endlessly asking to have their photograph taken with me, and I was even asked to do an interview with Bulgarian TV! The interviewer was well prepared, and asked intelligent questions, and invited us to Bulgaria next year…

The Bumble Bees, a team of L-39 jets doing very nice clean aerobatics.

The Bumble Bees, a team of L-39 jets doing very nice clean aerobatics.

Bumble Bee L-39 doing a tailslide. Very uncomfortable, as Panos, who sat in the back seat for this manoeuvre in the Friday night, can confirm!

Bumble Bee L-39 doing a tailslide. Very uncomfortable, as Panos, who sat in the back seat for this manoeuvre in the Friday night, can confirm!

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