We pass Kemble Airfield quite frequently, at the end of the runway there is a business that scraps and dismantles planes. Throughout the year the planes come and go at a leisurely pace.
At the moment however there are two planes parked, a jumbo from Air India and a 737 from Air Seychelles. They look like wounded birds and it is a sad sight. Our local newspaper reported that the two pilots from the Air India jumbo had flown the plane for a number of years and were very upset at having to leave their aircraft. Captains of ships never like to say goodbye to their vessels so perhaps it is the same for the pilots of the steel birds of the sky.
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