Glad that you found the other e-mail of interest. So at the risk of boring you here are a few more Log Book memories of my Shadow involvement.
I actually flew in addition to G-MJVY (02) and G-BONP, G-MNXX, G-MNZR, G-MTTJ, and G-MTWM.
In the absence of the Captain I was sometimes drafted in to do demo rides for some 20 or so potential customers, at Duxford, Popham, Framlingham, and Blackbushe.
On one of these the guy in front 'Froze' on the stick on short final but I was just able to get enough 'Up' elevator to prevent an accident. He did however go on to buy one!
I also flew an airline training captain who had over 27,000 hours. Delivery and positioning flights, nearly all non-radio, were also involved including one from Long Marston to Ipswich (for the guild of lady pilots to see a Shadow after Eve's trip) which resulted in my making a precautionary landing for real in a field near the M1 when the weather went very marginal. I hasten to add that the weather had been checked before departure and was predicted to be OK.
One trip stands out and that was 3/7/88 when I was persuaded to lead the Captain and Eve in their Shadows from the PFA meeting at Cranfield back to Parham via Bassingbourn and Duxford. The forward visibility was appalling. It was only possible to see straight down so I had to head due East until we got to the A1, then South over the A1 to Baldock, then A505 to the A11, then the A14 to Stowmarket, then A1120 to Framlingham. Neither the Captain or Eve like navigating, particularly in very poor conditions but we had to give it a try because of our other commitments. What this formation of 3 Shadows flying in the gloom must have looked like from the ground I cannot imagine. Other than when we landed I never saw either of them en-route.
At this time I had a share in a Dr1050 Jodel G-AYLF which was deemed to be an Honorary Shadow because of its attendance at various Shadow Fly-ins. I got quite good at short field landings in it on these occasions because the farm strips used tended to be a bit on the 'tight' side for a conventional light aircraft. I did take DC for a ride in the Jodel one day from Old Warden and he was gracious enough to admit that you did get a very good 'Voo' from it even though it had side by side seating.
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