A long-lived C150
I read with interest in February’s Pilot the letter from Peter Stephens titled ‘Cessna 150 v 152’. He refers to training at Cambridge Aero Club in the late 1970s on their fleet of Cessna 150F models. G-ATMC, which I own, was one of those four aircraft. I bought her in May 2107.
I have derived huge satisfaction from flying her since (over 350 hours) and periodically use forty degrees of flap as required. It allows one to land in an incredibly short space mindful, of course, that should a go-around be required you need to react pretty darned quick!
I thought Peter Stephens would be interested to know that one of his old training aircraft now lives a pampered life in Suffolk and is much cherished aircraft.
I was very lucky to acquire ’MC which has been loved all its life. Registered in December 1965 to Marshalls Cambridge, she went across to Cambridge flying club in 1966 up until 1983. Thereafter she was bought by a George Peacock in Peterborough for his daughter Laura, who learned to fly before she had a driving licence! They kept it at their own strip. After a couple of years, ’MC was sold to Chris Leigh who kept her for around eighteen years at Audley End. George Farrar was the next owner for a further fifteen, basing her at Abbeyshrule in central Eire. In 2016 I was fortunate to purchase her and fly her home, appropriately back to East Anglia where she had spent the longest period of her life.
Her training days are long over. Hundreds of students must have learnt in her and she now leads a cosseted life, carefully flown and cherished. As I travel around the UK I have had a number of people greet me with a huge smile confirming they soloed on her at Cambridge in the late 60s/early 70s and had no idea ’MC was still around! Whilst abroad last September, I took the opportunity to have the seats re-trimmed in leather to add a little bit of luxury. I may (sadly) let her go once our Proctor rebuild is completed (see left) — it’s now getting close.
Now looking immaculate, many students flew their first solo in Mike Charlie
Right: Proctor G-AKEX as found and (far right) getting there...