And the Museum?

As a youngster, I couldn’t really fathom “It is better to give than to receive.” I LOVED receiving! These days, I sincerely get more pleasure from giving or helping. Yet I do like to receive things I’ve acquired for myself! This partly explains my museum. Again, the pleasure is doubled whenever a visitor shows genuine interest. Whether it’s discussing with another enthusiast, or explaining to a newcomer to aviation, just talking about it is great.

Why have this Flying Visit thing?

Enjoyed 14F Squadron Air Training Corps at Northolt, until emigrating to Australia in early 1964. ATC was excellent, fired a  .303 rifle, sat in a DH Chipmunk while the RAF pilot did aerobatics. This highlighted an ineptitude for the dreamed-of somersaulting through the air! My eyes would have failed me anyway. The Rolling Stones sang that “you can’t always get what you want.” I hear that Buddha realised that desire for what you don’t have, leads to unhappiness.

No, I’m not a Buddhist, but I have learnt to accept what I do have.

Something else I’ve learnt, is that it’s difficult to enjoy what you do have unless you can share it with someone; hence this project.


My previous profession involved a fair degree of training both clients and staff. Telling someone that 2 and 3 make 5, spoils opportunity; better to consider as well: 8, 9, 23, 32, 1, -1, 6, 2/3 and 1 1/2. That enables the student to think when they come across a situation. I also like to look at alternatives; how could I use this dumped washing machine? This software is for “X”, but what else can it do? And as for words, well, that’s “Wonkypedia.”

I am reliably informed that if you are watching this on an iPad, you will not be able to view the photo galleries without a browser called "Puffin" Apparently you go to the App shop and search for Puffin.

Questions and comments welcome below:


Having grown up in hearing distance of Northolt airport, (UK), and daily watching the prop transport traffic, I could not help but be attracted to aircraft. Though I never had the physical or mental attributes to become air force aircrew, the desire to fly has never left.  In my 50’s, I commenced flying lessons, but did not stay on to qualify. These days, I content myself with simulators and collectibles. (It’s too windy for R.C.! ) Hope you enjoy your “Flying Visit.”