A daily reporter has taken to the skies ahead of the country’s oldest aero club celebrating its 85th anniversary later this year.
Cambridge News journalist Lucy Ross Millar took the controls of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft for her first ever flying lesson at Cambridge Aero Club.
After instructor Michael Skakles explained the basics of the cockpit and how a plane works, Lucy took charge when the tiny aircraft was safely up in the air.
Depite the rain and slightly murky conditions, Lucy said she enjoyed the experience and managed to concentrate on her flight path without being too distracted by what was below.
“The majestic university buildings became a teeny tiny toy town, the A14 and the pint-size cars reminded me how special this moment was – floating in the clouds far above the hectic 9-5 reality below is about as good as it gets on a Friday lunch time,” she wrote on the Cambridge News website.
“The skies were slightly grey and our movement was tinged with turbulence. I expect the view wasn’t helped by the fact we’d picked a day which was forecast 12 hours of heavy rain – but it looked pretty good to me.
“I took the controls and practiced going from side to side and tilted the nose up and down, at 115mph it was smoother than I had imagined.
“We took a sharp left turn – my nerves were tested when the plane suddenly tilted – and got a closer look at the secret pirate island built by a millionaire in Landbeach.
Then, after attempting to spot Ely Cathedral in the fog it was time to head back to base for a welcome cup of tea and the safety of the ground beneath me.”
The Cambridge Aero Club – the oldest in the country – celebrates 85 years of flying in the Summer.