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Wooton Basset Microlight Flypast

On 28th August 2010 approximately 135 microlight aircraft departed Kemble (Cotswold) Airport and flew in 3 waves over the town of Wooton Basset in Wiltshire in support of and tribute to those serving in our armed forces.

I was there flying G-CBLX in the first wave of around 40 aircraft.  It was a fantastic day, great to see so many microlights on the ground together and maybe the first time so many aircraft have flown together since WW2?

Microlights depart in formation from Kemble

Full set of photos in the galleries here.

This is a great video I found on youtube (not mine!)

Here is the news story from the BMAA website:

Flypast a great success

The BMAA microlight fly past over Wootton Bassett took place on Saturday 28 August. Over 135 microlights took part, including a 5 aircraft ‘missing man’ formation as a mark of respect for those who have fallen while serving our country.

Chief organiser and BMAA Safety Officer Kim Taylor was delighted with the event, which went very smoothly and without incident. Kim expects that the fly past will have raised in total over £2000 for Help for Heroes. Donations can be made here.

The fly past was reported in local news including ITV West television:

ITV news item

BBC website news item

The Mayor of Wootton Bassett has sent a letter of thanks. Letter

Congratulations to all involved and especially to Kim for the original idea and excellent organisation of the day.

Evening flight to Uffington White Horse

Uffington White Horse - aerial view

Uffington White Horse

Wednesday 11th August 2010 had been a nice weather day so having escaped the office I headed to Kemble and met up with my gorgeous girlfriend Elly for an evening flight.

We had no specific plans so I suggested we go and find one of the Wiltshire white horses.

We had a nice 1hr and 50 mins bimbling about the skies and included a fly around the White Horse at Uffington.

Information on this prehistoric hill figure here.

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Afetrnoon flight to White Waltham

The clubhouse and bar in wodden huts at White Waltham

The clubhouse and bar in wodden huts at White Waltham

Sunday 1st of August 2010 was a lovely day, light winds and little cloud in the sky, so I took an afternoon bimble flight from Kemble along the M4 to White Waltham, just beneath the outer edge of London Heathrow CTA.

White Waltham is a great historical airfield. It’s like stepping back in time. There are old wooden “nissen” hut style buildings, housing the bar and clubhouse etc. Outside you will find many old bi-planes being lovingly tended.

Take a visit, sit on the seats on the white picket fenced lawn area outside the bar and watch the world go by like it’s 1930.

"Red Sparrow" G-CBLX at White Waltham
“Red Sparrow” G-CBLX at White Waltham with aircraft behind


The West London Aero club website has more details. Do read the information before flying there, you don’t want to infringe and the Eastern half of the White Waltham ATZ is within the London Control Area Class A airspace.

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