Tracey with Eric ‘Winkle' Brown
Hugely enjoyed a visit to Brooklands Museum to hear Eric Winkle Brown's talk on Sunday the 15th, which was sold out. He is an extraordinary man who has had a brilliant flying career and at 94 is still going strong!
It was one of the most remarkable meetings of my life. He is exceptional in every way and very charming and humorous. Apart from his outstanding flying history as a test pilot, he was witness to some of the greatest technological achievements and the worst human atrocities of the 20th Century. I was pole-axed by his stories of visiting the Belsen concentration camp, meeting such people as Goering and Hanna Reitsch, and flying the early British and German jets. He is a hero and I feel very privileged to have met him.
Thoroughly bored with the winter and all the water-logged ground. Very keen to get the Stearman and the Ryan running again, so engineering planned for the middle of the month and hopefully some flying. I really do need a proper Sidcote flying suit for these winter operations.
With Price Michael of Kent and the Lynx helicopter crew, preparing for the flight to the Museum of Army Flying in Hampshire
a fantastic place, I can't recommend a visit highly enough.
A running start to the new year planning the next expedition, details to be announced shortly.
Astonishing to see the Stratosphere Chamber created by Barnes Wallis (and his flying bombs) and icons like the Vickers Vimy, a Sopwith Camel and Concorde. And a lot of beautiful old pre-WW1 cars on parade ahead of their rally into London today to commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.
Flew over the Cowes Regatta for the Artemis Challenge on Thursday August 7, then headed to France the following week to join a commemorative Royal Flying Corps tribute flight over Amiens and Arras.
An extraordinary vignette in the midst of all the aeroplanes and flying was the Wind Tunnel Project at Farnborough organised by Tatiana Ojjeh. A combination of old Jules Verne-esque technology with modern sound and light effects; it was hauntingly beautiful and strangely futuristic, a sort of inner and outer space experience.
I also had the great delight of flying a short display at Glorious Goodwood last week for the Artemis Challenge Cup on Ladies Day. I swept past the grandstand a couple of times, a blaze of green turf and big hats below, before landing at the airfield for a quick change and joining the Artemis crowd for lunch back at the race course. Horses unfrightened and a wonderful afternoon of racing in more hot sunshine. Perfect end to July.
Wrapped up June with the Festival of Speed at
Goodwood where I flew the Stearman into the old 1920's flying
paddock. It was then towed several hundred yards through the golf
course past the bunkers and into position for the static aviation
display on the estate by the race track. Huge fun!
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