Sunday, July 14, 2013

World War II Letters home July 14, 1938-Estelles Wickenkamp

                                                                                                       The De Havilland School
                                                                                                              of Flying
                                                                                                         Longfield House
                                                                                                         Hatfield, Herts
                                                                                                          July 14, 1938

Dear Folks:

I am still waiting to hear from some of you but probably I am just a little impatient. I don't know how long a letter this will be, but I had to write today because I have something to tell you.

I feel quite elated because I took my solo test today with the chief flying instructor and got along fine, so after 2 circuits and landings he hopped out and said "Now you can take off, make a circuit and land".  I didn't expect to do my solo today so I was  quite unprepared but taxied down to the end of the field and made a beautiful take-off and away I went all alone. I sure felt great and I wasn't a bit nervous. I made my circuit and luckily when I came in to land the field was clear, there are generally about a dozen of them landing at once, any how I made a fairly good landing, and then I taxied up to the hangars. After I shut off the engine I began to realize that I had actually gone solo.  Boy, did I feel good. My instructor came out then and told me I did well, and in spite of all his reservedness he sure looked pleased. I was just up for 5 minutes, that is all anyone does on their first solo.

From now on I'll get a few minutes dual every day and then solo flights. I had about 9 hours dual instruction when I took my solo today. I am sure glad that I made a good job of it and didn't get in for a lot of more dual before I could go solo again. It's a grand and glorious feeling after you have your first solo flight.

It is had to write you much news every time I write, because things are quite the same here every day. If I don't hear from you by this coming Monday, I think I'll just send you a cablegram, and collect, so you better get busy and do a lot of writing.

I'll try to write you another letter on Sunday as I have a lot of studying to do tonight.

I hope everything is going fine, and you are all well.



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