“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My imagination takes off

“The airport we saw – much air traffic, is there?” I asked nervously.
“God, no. One plane a day. Maybe two. Been there for ages, that airport, it’s right close to a Battle of Britain station. Spitfires.”
“Spitfires?” My interest rose as my support for airplane noise abatement declined.
“The old airfield runs almost parallel with the new one. But the new one never caught on. Hardly anyone uses it.” Then he turned and said, “Oh, I’m Roy by the way. If you need anything, just come by, I’m always around. No problem.”

1 comment:

The Farmer's Wife said...

For some reason, I think of Snoopy (World War I Flying Ace) in his Sopwith Camel, but that was an earlier war!

I have friends who live next to a little airstrip and they absolutely love the sound of the planes flying in and out. It's so startling to me, though, and I wake up with a jolt each time...