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Former pilot living at MHA The Homestead goes on trip down memory lane by visiting flight simulator

10 June 2024

A former pilot living at MHA The Homestead was able to rekindle his memories from the past thanks to a trip to a flight simulator.

Barry Brown lives at the Carterton home and spent a lot of time in his earlier days flying his own plane both in and around the UK and also in France.

Barry would often hop into his plane alongside his wife Christine and visit many parts of the country.

The activity coordinates at the home Chloe Holmes and Kirsty Ridley arranged for and accompanied Barry to Enstone Airfield where Barry went on a flight simulator as part of his Seize the Day initiative and toured the hangar where the aircrafts are kept.

The initiative encourages residents to re-experience activities or events from the past or to do something they would like to do for the first time.

Speaking after the visit Kirsty said: “Barry has had a very interesting life and is someone who spent a lot of time either in or around aeroplanes.

“He built his own aircraft which he then used to travel in various places including Cornwall and France.

“We spoke with his wife Christine about Enstone and she was very happy for us to go.

“The airfield is around 35 minutes away and it was a nice day out.

“The most interesting bit of the day was when we found out Barry used to keep his plane at the airfield, so it was nice for him to revisit the past.

“He had a huge smile on his face, he recognised where we were, and you could see how much it meant to him.

“A few days later, Christine bought in Barry's old headset, maps and logbook from

his flight bag and he looked right at home.”