A VFR daytrip to Hucknall Aerodrome, near Nottingham, from Kemble. It’s claim to fame is that the site (still owned by Rolls Royce) hosted the first demonstration of a vertical take-off aeroplane. The land has been sold for house building. I flew outbound in a PA28 from Bristol Aero Club, sharing the flight with another club member Phil who flew the return leg. He also took lots of great photos.
The airfield has now closed, and this was the final day to fly in. The flying club strip was only open at weekends, and the weather the next day and all the following weekend wasn’t suitable for VFR. Regrettably, the closing fly-in and celebrations had to be cancelled. Most of the resident aircraft have been dispersed to other homes at nearby fields. The Merlin Flying Club has relocated to Tatenhill. A few shared aircraft groups will be disbanded and planes sold.
The weather was very good for February and the flight itself was fairly unremarkable, routing to the east of Coventry with a transit directly overhead of East Midlands airport. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Time today: 1:20
Total PIC: 269:00
Total Time: 401:55