A cold Saturday in Feb saw John gazing aimlessly, coffee in hand,
at the notice board in North Weald.
A hand-written note seeking a co-pilot to Tunis caught his eye.
One week later John and Peter met for the first time and the trip was on!
DAY 1 - Elstree to Auxerre via Guernsey - for a spot of shimmy maintenance!
On the Ground at Auxerre
G-TECH with the Commander Fleet taking part in the flyout
DAY 2 - To Corsica
Saint Tropez beach. The noodie beach is round to the right but we didn't look!
Passing abeam STP VOR
First sight of Corsica
Turning finals at Figari
Getting there is what we enjoy most...
but you can't argue with the view at the end of this trip.
John speaking to the office; "I'm on the train".
With Danielle are honorary Monkeys Mike and Sukey Perry who put a fantastic effort into organising the
trip including a private meeting in Tunis with the Government Minister in charge of
diplomatic clearances for visiting aircraft.
Mike is 'Mister Commander' in Europe see Commander High Performance School
DAY 3 - to Tunis
Peter has owned G-TECH for the last 18 years and treats it like his baby.
How comes John got to fly it then??
Following the follow-me car (in the other follow-me car) and miraculously missing the runway lights.
Sukey coping admirably with Hassan's enthusiastic welcome to Tunis
Mike 'Panama Jack' Perry spots another Paparazzi and moves quickly to protect his stars.
At last, tubular bells, Tunis! We made it!
Honorary Monkeys Dave, Jeff (G-OLTF), Danielle and Keith (G-KEEF) by the pool.
Keith knew of the Flying Monkeys before we met, having surfed the site.
The Souk in Tunis: I take back everything I ever said about Lakeside
DAY 5 - to Malta
Colin & Mike...Departures at Tunis
"Remember what I said, I only want you to blow the ruddy doors off"
Commanders at Pantelleria
Ken of the Malta Flying Club
DAY 7 - to Arezzo
Outside the Meridien Phoenicia in Malta
Climbing away from Malta
Enroute to Pescara
Commanders at Arezzo, Tuscany
DAY 8 - to Lyon Bron
Fair Weather Cumulo-Granitus, northern Italy, abeam Bay of Genoa
One last look at the Med before routing up the Rhone Valley and into Lyon Bron for the last over night.
Next day would see us back in Blighty battling IMC and back to earth with not too much of a bump.
A fantastic trip and North Africa in the log book!
John and Peter have already planned the next outing - The Malta Air Rally.
Watch this space!