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I was offered the chance of a flight over the Llyn Peninsula in January 2006. The flight was arranged by a friend of mine and so I had not met the pilot/owner of the plane, Dewi, prior to the flight. The arrangement was to call Dewi on the day to check that the weather was good for flying. The weather in the preceding few days had been terrible so I wasn't getting my hopes up too much. I couldn't believe my luck when I woke up on Sunday 29th January and there wasn't a cloud in the sky and only light winds. Dewi not only owned his own aeroplane but had a landing strip in his garden. He asked me how much I weighed because if I was 10 stone or less we could comfortably take off from his own landing strip or it would mean him taking off and then collecting me from Caernarfon airport which would cost an extra £12. I said that with everything in my favour I weighed circa 18 stone to which he replied we might just make it but there were some big trees at the end of the runway so there would be no margin for error. I said I'll see you at Caernarfon airport!!! We took off and flew down towards Pwllheli harbour and then on to Abersoch via LLanbedrog and the Warren (see the amazing patterns in the sand on the Warren beach). After Abersoch we flew towards Hell's Mouth and then on towards Aberdaron and Bardsey via Rhiw. We then turned back and flew over Porth Ceiriad and St Tudwals islands, back across Abersoch and then on to the other side of the Peninsula. You can see Porthdinllaen on the left (Ty Coch - the pub on the beach) as we flew over Morfa Nefyn before turning back towards the airport. Check out how clear the water is as we drop down towards the airport (image 89). Photography was quite difficult because the cockpit cover was vitually all glass, which was quite scratched, and where the glass curved it gave a very distorted view. The wing was underneath us and there were a couple of aerials intruding into the only clear view I could get. There wasn't enough room to actually look through the viewfinder on the camera so I just turned it sideways and clicked away and hoped for the best. Most of the images are tiny crops from much larger images but I think with all things considered they didn't come out too badly. Many thanks to Dewi for a fantastic morning flying over the beautiful Llyn Peninsula in his wonderful 46 year old Jodel D150 aeroplane.

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