Gliders take to the skies

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LINCOLNSHIRE’S residents will be used to seeing military planes but over the last week a different battle has been taking place overhead.

The county’s skies have been playing host to a nine-day inter-service cross country glider racing championships.

Villagers near Fosdyke had some surprise visitors when Sgt Peter Yeo and Trooper Simon Hawkin landed their glider in a stubble field off Red Cow Drove.

They had been representing the Army in the 45-glider competition being run from RAF Wittering when they found themselves unable to complete one of the races last Sunday.

Sgt Yeo said: “We rely on finding thermal currents to climb and we thought we were on the home leg. There was a big storm coming and there were no thermals so we could not make it back.

“We picked a suitable field and landed. We met quite a few villagers and one of the farmers.”

Sgt Yeo, who serves as a tank commander with the King’s Royal Hussars, and Tpr Hawkin, from the Royal Dragoon Guards, were later picked up by Cpl Stuart Haynes, of the Royal Signals.