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An Avro Tutor of Oxford University Air Squadron


lovely new aeroplane rather than the effect of throwing it about the sky; but whatever brought the sickness on, I needed to land very quickly indeed if I was not going to make a mess of my Sidcup and the cockpit. We used a grass field on the northern shore of the island for forced landing practice and it happened to be much nearer than the Eastchurch aerodrome itself, so I put my nose down and made for it. The approach into wind was from the water, and the field came right to the edge of the shore, ending in a low cliff. I executed the usual approach technique, turning into wind for the final approach at about 500 feet and throttling back to glide comfortably to a landing about a third of the way into the field. But I had negligible flying time in the new Tutor, and its glide angle was far shallower than that of the clumsier 504. I overshot by a wide margin, climbed away again and went round for another attempt. By this time I was feeling even sicker than earlier. Again I overshot and, the third time round, I was really so desperate that I scarcely cared if I got in or if I undershot and hit the cliff. But all was well and I managed to scramble out of the cockpit and be sick in the right place.


That reminds me – I have mentioned that I was always sick on the first flight of each term, and by my third term of flying the rest of the Squadron knew it. One member, Kay-Shuttleworth of Christ Church, had a ciné camera and laid in wait for me after my first flight of the summer term. That was on the 23rd of May, and I had been flying with one F/O Fairtlough as my instructor. My log book records that we had been practising taking off into wind, landing and judging distance, medium turns, gliding turns, steep turns with engine, and aerobatics. The combination of aerobatics and the usual excitement of


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