Hello and welcome to a different view of events. This is Colin T Camel here and I wanted to tell you about my recent trip to New York. To give some background I am a close friend of Cliff’s and I normally go flying every evening with Uncle Tache. He asked if I would like to come along to Cliffiefest and we also brought along Percy the Duck and his lovely companion Prudence.
Anyway it was up and out ready for our flight to New York. Here I am sat next to UTs flight bag. The initials BOAC were originally said to stand for “Better on a Camel”. You can make your own mind up about that.
Better on a Camel
Cliff and I got comfy settled ready for take off.
Hello from the two of us
After an uneventful flight we arrived in Shannon and were cleared through customs and immigration. We then headed back to the plane and were soon settling down. The call came suddenly from the flight deck. Is there a suitably qualified Camel on board who could help the Captain? I calmly introduced myself and took my seat in the cockpit.
Calm and under control
I quickly got things under control and left Captain Gavin to it for a little while whilst I went for my pre lunch snifter. Cliff had already had his as you can see from the empty red wine glass.
The hours slipped by and we all got comfy settled.
In our little cubby hole
We eventually made our approach into JFK flying across Manhattan and I slipped up front to help out. The ducks wanted to come along too and so we all went to help with landing. Here we are getting down to work.
Where are we going to fly to today?
After a slightly bumpy landing we all had a moment to share our success.
High 5 on a successful landing
Then it was time to go. We really didn’t want to leave our wonderful new friends and we asked them for a photo.
Auntie Jamie, Auntie Amanda, Uncle Steve and Uncle Chris, Uncle Gavin was flying the plane!
They are Aunty Jamie, Aunty Amanda, Uncle Steve and Uncle Chris. Uncle Gavin was still busy getting things settled in the cockpit. He did thank me for my help and issued me with an official log book.
The it was time to get to the lovely Intercontinental Hotel Barclay and settle down to read a good book.
At the Barclay having a rest
All too soon it was time to come back home. It was a very early start but we got out to JFK and were soon on board and getting settled. We were on the upper deck of a 747 and so it was all nice and relaxed. Aunty Corine and Aunty Anika were taking good care of us and even stamped my log book.
Auntie Corine ans Auntie Anika
As it was very early in the morning breakfast was soon served and here I am just getting stuck in.
Note the Bloody Mary which really perked me up at 08:00 on a Sunday morning I can tell you.
After breakfast we got settled down and I was able to enjoy sunrise over Greenland in a moment of rare contemplation.
A moment of reflection
I soon got comfy and had a lovely sip of Champagne to help me celebrate the end of a lovely holiday.
Pre dinner snifter
We were soon headed to Heathrow and the captain touched down with great flair. As I had now got some experience I was able to look out the window to confirm that we were in the right airport for him.
Is this the right airport?
It was then time to go and say hello to the crew and congratulate them on a wonderful flight. They asked me if I wanted to take the plane for a quick spin but I decided that it might be better to head for home where I can fly with Uncle Tache every evening. Here I am at the controls deciding if I wanted to rotate and take off.
Full steam ahead
I hope that you have enjoyed my alternative account of events. Hopefully we will meet again before too long but in the meantime happy flying to one and all.