I have not posted for a while as I have been on a cruise in Orkney aboard Zuza. During the cruise we visited the islands of Copinsay, Stronsay, Sanday, Westray, Papa Westray, Holm of Papa and Hoy. The cruise concluded yesterday (Wednesday), and in the coming weeks I will post some photos from the trip.
It was on June 22, while visiting the Chapel of St Tredwell on Papa Westray, that I saw the little Islander airplane land after its short hop over from Westray. The distance from Westray to Papa Westray is only two kilometres, and the flight is known as the shortest scheduled commercial flight in the world. A few minutes later I heard the roar of the Islander's props as she took off to fly to Kirkwall.
I had always wanted to take this 'World's Shortest' flight, and as I watched the little plane head south I decided I'd try to do it once I was back on Mainland Orkney. So yesterday I went to the airport and asked about going along as a 'sightseer' on the three-leg Kirkwall-Westray-Papa Westray-Kirkwall flight. I was told that if I showed up in the morning at 9, and if all three legs of the flight were not full, and if the total baggage weight the other passengers had was not too much, I could go. This morning I went to the airport, fully expecting to be turned away. But at 9:10 I was told I could go. Ten minutes later we were airborne.
|Departure Board - flight ready to leave|
|Soaring over Pierowall on the approach to Westray Airport|
|Approaching Westray Airport|
Once on Westray several passengers left, a few joined, and then we made the one-minute hop over to the gravel field on Papa Westray.
|Rolling down the runway - takeoff from Papa Westray|
|Landing back at Kirkwall|