Pilot captures the appeal of East Anglia

Craig Richardson

Craig Richardson

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CRAIG Richardson combines his love of flying and of East Anglia by taking a camera up with him to record the sights.

Craig, 28, from Rede, has flown light aircraft for five years.

He is a student commercial pilot, with the aim of teaching disabled pilots to fly, and says: “I love East Anglia. Even though it’s so flat, from the air that makes the landscape so much easier to see.

“There are some amazing pieces of architecture and lovely monuments.”

His pictures here show the appeal. One displays the whole of Bury, while a close up shows all the historic buildings around the Abbey ruins. Even a pig farm has an appealing symmetry.

Craig has a part share in a four-seater 1968 Piper Arrow 1 but flies a variety of single and multi-engine private aircraft, usually from Andrewsfield Airfield, a grass strip near Stansted.

But Craig does not restrict his flying to sightseeing over East Anglia, because popping to France for lunch is no big deal and he recently flew himself to Ibiza.

“Flying makes everywhere accessible,” he said. “If you were to drive to Wales it would take you a day to get there, you’d have to stay over and then take a day to come back, but for me it’s two hours.”