But only for now. A week of gale-force winds is in the offing so I was desperate to get 24ZN somewhere safe, preferably indoors, before they hit. It has been battered a couple of times in recent days by strong south-westerlies and rain while it’s been standing outside to the point where a tractor was parked behind it as a windbreak over one night. Fortunately it emerged none-the-worse for the experience.

However, now I’ve decided to return to France until the spring, I needed to make arrangements for the longer term and that I was successful in doing today. For now 24ZN has been moved into Clipgate’s new main hangar and there it will stay, at least until the worst of the winds have passed through during the early part of next week and hopefully for a bit longer. Here are some shots that I took of it in its new home.

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But at some time in the near future two extra aircraft have been pre-booked to go into the hangar over the winter and although there’s still room for one, it’s doubtful that there’s sufficient space for another. But there won’t be a problem. When the second one arrives, arrangements have already been made to move 24ZN into one of the smaller hangars. There are two aircraft, a Savannah and a Tri-Pacer (two types that I’ve owned, coincidentally), and a gyro in there at present and as there will be no need to get 24ZN out again until I return in the spring, there will be enough space to put it in behind the two other aircraft with its nose to the back wall.

I won’t be there when it’s moved but after today, I’m confident that it will be taken care of by people with experience of safely moving aircraft around. So that’s it – for now. I’m now happy that 24ZN will be in a safe place under cover and out of the weather until I return in the new year. I’m booked on a ferry from Dover tomorrow morning so I’ll soon be back in the Dordogne where I’ll be able to find out what’s been going on while I’ve been away and will hopefully find that my other two aircraft are safe and sound where I left them in the barn. I’m sad that I’ll be leaving 24ZN behind but after all the ups and downs of the past weeks I have to say that I’m looking forward to getting back.

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