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The view: The city of Melbourne, Australia, while approaching the Shrine of Remembrance
The pilot: Andrew Stopp
The photographer: Neil Sidwell
The airplane: Piper Archer
The mission: Flying over the Shrine of Remembrance on November 10th (Remembrance Sunday)
The memory: The beautiful view of Melbourne and the Shrine (just visible over the inspection hatch on the cowl of our plane) as we flew in a formation of four aircraft over the Shrine in honour of those who had fallen in combat.
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Born in England, Neil’s love of flying started after reading Biggles books while bed-bound with tonsillitis at age 10. Later he cadged flights in Cessnas or Pipers with his former Scout patrol leader, now a pilot. After moving to Australia years later he started flying lessons with Recreational Aviation Australia, and gained a Pilot Certificate at age 54. His first purchase was a half share in a Gazelle. Now retired from a career in IT, he owns a Savannah LSA, and is building a full-size replica Sopwith Pup in his garage/under his pergola. He is hoping that will be finished in the next year… or two… or…