A long-lived C150

Pilot - - Airmail - Mike Bid­dulph by email

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...

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