Friday, 20 October 2017

Epic! Pilot’s verdict on flight that cost him £43,000

A BUSINESSMAN who paid £43,000 to fly a Lancaster bomber across the Atlantic has described the experience as “epic”.

Matthew Munson, 34, from Harpsden Bottom, was part of an eight-man crew that piloted the aircraft from Canada to England.

The Avro Mk X, one of only two remaining airworthy Lancasters in the world, landed at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Friday after a three-day journey of 3,700 miles.

Mr Munson, who holds a private pilot’s licence, won an online auction to be part of the crew run by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, where the flight began.

When the bomber landed at the RAF base it was greeted by 6,000 people, including Mr Munson’s wife Helen, five-year-old daughter Sophie and parents Ann and Steve, from Pangbourne. He said: “It was such an epic and emotional experience that it’s hard to express in words how I felt.

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