Day out to Cornwall

My journey down to Cornwall yesterday was courtesy of Air South West on a Bombardier DHC8-311 (aka "Dash 8") aircraft, powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada PWC123 turboprop engines. Here is Melanie, kindly appearing at the door, at the request of the ground crew for my photo.

The aircraft seats 50: I must have been the 49th because I had the good fortune to be seated at the back by the window and hence got the chance to take some photos in-flight. Here is a view over Southampton with the Solent and the Isle of Wight in the distance.

A little further on, we got a good view of Portlant Bill - apparently it is now almost out of usable Portland Stone.

Berry Head, near Brixham, with its long jetty, appeared through the clouds:

Then we circled over this place to land and pick up passengers. Any readers from the US of A should get a little lump in their throats right now since this is where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on 16 September 1620:

A twenty-minute hop over clay pits and tin mines took us to Newquay in the heart of Cornwall.

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