Escapade to North Weald

Elmcroft Guest HouseComing from Brussels on Eurostar, I was met by Terry at Ebbsfleet railway station in Kent and we continued by car to Essex. Terry had arranged our accommodation at Elmcroft Guest House near Epping. This was the superb B/B house run by the friendly Des and is ideally located not far from North Weald aerodrome which was the highlight of our reunion. (Click on photos to enlarge). Continue reading “Escapade to North Weald”

Big Boys Still Play Games

m_BigglesMy original interest was and has always been planes. Since the age of 12 I have been fascinated by planes and especially military aircraft. In my younger days the interest started out as a plane spotter and I would go out armed with cheap plastic binoculars and the year edition of “The Observer’s Book of Aircraft” published by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. I still have the 1960 and 1961 editions in my collection. I had a rare advantage when living not too far from Boscombe Down in England then a major aeronautical research base. I would climb a hill that overlooked this base and spot many 1960’s aircraft prototypes being flown and tested. Another offshoot of this hobby was the building of plastic scale model aircraft from the range of the famous Airfix kits. This passion later resulted in my wish to join the Royal Air Force at a very young age. Continue reading “Big Boys Still Play Games”