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RVAC Dawn Patrol

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tommyg

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Well one week before this event (the event was on 13/9/09) I was invited by a friend of mine to come along as a passenger (the same guy who took me up on the Young Eagles day). Of course, the only answer was 'yes' and I was looking forward to it the whole week. It meant however that my mum, brother and myself had to stay in a hotel opposite the airport for the night. Not biggy for me, I was going flying the next morning ;D I got up at 3:30am and my lift was outside to the airport. Once at the airport we sat and listened too the procedures of the flight, and what to say to the tower and stuff. Almost pitch black still outside (well, except for the lights ;)). Out we went to our aircraft for the morning, MAG'S 182Q CXZ. After hoping inside I was like 'Holly crap, what have I been missing?!' There was so much room, even in the backseat. Fluffy covered seats, GPS, AP, storm radar, the works! Take-off was at about 5am from 35R. Then we track towards Albert Park lake, then to the Westgate bridge and overfly Point Cook. After overflying Point Cook we track towards Avalon and then from there around the heads, back to Carrum, and then land on 31L. Was an awesome flight, especially seeing the sun rise while in the air (even if it was raining and cloudy).

After the flight we headed back into the RVAC Maintenance hanger for a beautiful breakfast and listened to a few veteran war pilots who shared their experiences on various a/c (One was in the maritime squadron, and piloted Neptunes and Orions). I had an awesome time, and will remember this event for a long time. Thanks to RVAC for putting it on and my mate for taking me up as a passenger :) Next year is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, so I'm hoping to get invited again ;D


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