Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Sound of Freedom

The Cambridge News has a video of a Hercules practicing its air show routine. The reactions on the blog are mixed with some condemning it as reckless while others welcome the chance to see something quite amazing.

Put me in the latter camp.

The presence of an airfield in Cambridge should not come as surprise. The airport predates most of the city’s housing and certainly people who have bought or rented homes since 1938 ought to have known that planes go in and out of an airport.

I grew up in rural Huntingdonshire – where John Major apparently re-located most of the RAF – and enjoyed watching the planes from the local bases. True, they made a noise… and it was the sound of those who serve our country. It was the sound of freedom.

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