Canary Island Hopping Vol.3: VFR – SPC to VDE
As promised, here’s something a little different this time. We continue our island hopping in the Canaries. Only this time I decided to go VFR with the North American P-51D Mustang. Lucky for us we found a guy in the Canaries that owns one of those fantastic WWII-birds, and he let us take this beast for a joyride between the smaller islands. This is part one, from Santa Cruz de La Palma to El Hierro, a small island which is located west of La Palma.
And our route. Well, since this is VFR flying, there pretty much is no route. After take off on runway 01 in SPC, we will turn on a Western course and ride with the wind. Before we land on 34 in VDE, I will give you a little tour of the island as we fly along the coast. Weather was not exactly perfect VFR conditions, cloudy and bumpy. But that’s just what it must be like in the Mustang. My favorite prop-aircraft. And that’s not only because of its incredible max. speed…
Quiz-time! What is wrong in this picture:
a. The Air Force star is on the wrong wing.
b. The sixth rivet from below on the flaps is missing.
c. I have the feeling as if the clouds may be on the wrong side…
Yes, that’s right! As soon as we have reached the open sea, I decided to do a little aerobatics and have some fun.
What would this be without a Top Gun-style low pass!? Before landing I wanted to say hi to the tower first. Legal notice: During the making of this picture report no coffee was spilled in or around the tower!
Next flight will be with the P-51D again. This time from El Hierro to La Gomera. I hope you liked this report, even though it was different from the usual ones.