Thank you to all of the people who came to chat with us at Cosford at the weekend. It was our first outing, and we're not ashamed to admit we were nervous! That's why it was such a great experience to find so much enthusiasm and an encouraging number of people ready to make a small donation to bring XP's journey to Wales a little closer.
We showed our first (somewhat tiny) range of merchandise. It's a modest start - just a mug, a beanie hat and a shopping bag. Hardly an aviation emporium, we'd be the first to admit. But all the items look great and, most importantly, it's a start. We'll be adding a buy-online facility to the website very soon, and boosting our range to make our next appearance more browsable.
This has been a great experience, and it's taught us a huge amount. It was hugely encouraging to meet such enthusiasm and interest, and seeing those first sales of our very own Herald Skyward merchandise felt amazing.
Now we're really on our way. And looking forward to meeting more of you at our next outing!
BBC Surrey has taken an interest in XP. They contacted us on Wednesday to ask to meet us at Gatwick at first sparrow flatulence the following day for a live interview. Fine, except that taking members of the public airside on a live international airport isn't a simple undertaking.
Once again, though, the Gatwick guys came through for us and made it all happen, though I didn't feel quite so grateful getting up at 4am for the schlep down five consecutive motorways.
Sadly, our time airside didn't allow both radio and TV to record my geriatric ramblings. Our apologies go to Elaine and the team at BBC TV that they missed out. We promise to put you first for the next one!
A video extract from the interview is below. It's worth mentioning that it makes it sound as though G-CEXP was the aircraft flown by Prince Philip. That distinction belongs to G-APWA, which you'll find at the Museum of Berkshire Aviation.
The full interview (sounding as if I'm breaking in new teeth) is here