The De Havilland School
July 17, 1938
Well, another week has gone by and it is Sunday again. I don't really know what to write about, I've wandered around and told you about a little of everything already.
I went for a bicycle ride with one of the boys this morning; we went about 12 miles, just took our time. Of course all the side roads and paths are paved here so it isn't hard to pedal here. We went through a lot of pretty lanes with big trees or hedges along the sides. There are motorcycle and bicycle clubs here; we saw quite a few groups going along the roads. People over here ride bicycles for enjoyment, old and young alike. It looks funny to see an old lady riding along on a bicycle.
I have 10 hours, 10 minutes dual flying time and 20 minutes solo now. I'll get some more solo tomorrow. The De Havilland Factory here is building 5 big Albatross Commercial planes. They have one nearly completed. they were test-flying it last week. They are nearly the biggest land planes in the world. The wing span is 114 feet, length 108 feet. They carry 22 passengers, and I don't know how much freight. I am going to take some pictures of it as soon as it is completed.
The De Havilland Co. had a sports day yesterday for all it's employees. There are 2,000 men working in the factory alone, I don't know how many there are in the offices and school. In the evening we had a dance in the Sports Club. It is a great big floor. There were probably 500 or 600 people there and it wasn't crowded. They dance a lot of fancy steps and different dances over the here, 99% of the girls are from homely to fair. I haven't seen any of these English beauties yet.
I went into St. Albans yesterday (that is about 5 miles from here) to try on my dinner suit or tux, and it fits me just fine. I'll probably get it next Saturday. Did I tell you how cheap clothes are here? My suite only costs 3/17/6, that's about $19.40. You couldn't get it in Canada for less than $50.00. Of course I have to get my stiff fronts, etc. yet but that doesn't come to much.
If you waited to write me to until you got a letter from here I suppose I won't get any word from you until the end of the week. You could have at least sent me a letter every day for the last 2 weeks. I am getting anxious to know what you are doing. I am the only one who hasn't got a letter from home yet. That's why I don't know what to write about. It is nearly supper time again, so I'll close.
Love to all,