Wednesday 15th September

The words “interesting” and “character forming” were ones heard around the airfield today. 90 degree crosswind and lots of it. Colin did a weather check launch and declared it a “BI and above” day and suggested that I check conditions before riding shotgun with any members wanting to fly. Chris K jumped in offering his services as ballast and video crew. Off the launch into a thermal 2 up on one side and 4 up on the other. So, we climbed (up to 2,400′) and drifted (alongside the Gibbet). Stately progress heading back to the field but looked fine until we hit the 6 down and then the 8 down (the airbrakes were closed!). Got back to the point we started but 300′ lower. Ran down the side of the field (pretty close in) and turned in for finals at 800′ to land across the field. Still had plenty of the width of the field left by the time we rolled to a halt. Chris is planning to edit the flight for viewing and promised to replace the soundtrack (lots of laughter interspersed with the occasional expletive) with music.
Most of the members in attendance got a taste of landing across the field as well as a couple of visitors from Aston Down

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