And so I wake bleary eyed after not being able to catch much sleep the night before (someone thought it would be funny to fly a chinook around the airport at 4am!). It was once again my turn to take the baton and progress the challenge to the next stage. I knew that it had been coming and had planned on using a DC6, until Kasper bagged it.
After a bit of head scratching I decided to take the Lockheed Electra, she is great for cargo and this is one precious piece of cargo that I am hauling!
I wanted to get a nice early start to beat the morning rush, so with coffee in hand I jumped into the freezing cold cockpit and fired up the old girl once more
The clouds were gathering and the early indications from the weather report were that it was going to be a bumpy one
Without too much fuss I taxied out to the runway and took off into the early morning and climbed to a cruise height of 11,000 feet
It has to be said, the view outside was spectacular
Sadly though the view turned into blanket cover and the view was pretty rubbish. Being battered by rain, hail, snow and winds didn't make the ride any smoother either
As the sun rose and burned off some of the clouds the flight became a little easier, although the winds were still problematic around Oslo
If I had any passengers on board they would be enjoying the cloud formations outside now
But as the weather front caught up with me I returned to the soup
This was only a short flight and before long ATC were bringing me down and vectoring in for a landing. The visiibilty was great, but the gusting winds were making this old bird jump about like a scolded cat
Gear and flaps down, let's get ready to land
Wrestling with the controls to try and keep her in line with the runway, I can hear the baton rolling about in the back. Thankfully I have heard that they sell Airfix kits in the airport, so I can buy one and use the paint to touch up and scuffs on the baton
Does this count as an obstacle? This bridge just jumped up out of nowhere
A short video of the landing, a little off centre but any landing you can walk away from....
A short taxi in and it's time to unload the baton and try to find an Airfix kit with the correct colours!
Aircraft: Lockheed Electra by Mike Stone
Scenery: FTX Global