Percy the pigeon has flown in to join us on our global charity flight to help with the navigation and keep an eye on what we are doing in the cockpit. Pigeons are known for their navigation skills and Dot is happy to have Percy along to help with the complexities of the satellite navigation systems fitted in the plane.
Percy is from the loft at the local community radio station The Cat 107.9 which broadcasts in the Crewe and Nantwich area. Dave, one of the volunteer presenters, broadcasts from the loft each Sunday and suggested that one of the pigeons would make an excellent addition to the crew.
Dave will be asking the listeners and local businesses to sponsor Percy as he needs to raise donations to pay for his ticket. We know that all pigeons are excellent flyers but to go all around the world is a bit too far so hopping on board an aeroplane for the ride is a fun idea!
The local community radio station will have a fund raising set up so listeners and any one who wants to support Percy can make a donation. For more details please visit www.thisisthecat.com
In return Percy will be ‘tweeting’ as he visits local events before the flight and then he will we sending snippets about the places he visits and the other birds he meets on the journey. Everyone will be able to follow Percy via his Twitter account…
Percy will have his own special suitcase for the flight kindly donated by Wendy and Bob Room.
Percy will also be filming inside the cockpit and at stopovers so Dot and Jim will have to watch out what they say and do as all will by recorded by ‘pigeon spy cam’.
Once the flight takes off there will be an app which will show exactly where Percy is at that moment in time.
Lets get lots of pigeon followers on board and help raise even more donations for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Percy has been getting out and about meeting lots of new people. He went up to Northumberland to help out at the Kielder Navigation Rally for big bikes where Dot and Jim were helping at the start and finish. Then he went south to Walters Arena near Neath in South Wales to help at the first round of the British Cross Country Championship where Dot and Jim were supporting their granddaughter Chloe and co-driver Tom.
Percy is a busy bird.. hope you are following him as he sets off on more adventures.
Percy has been out and about again to the IWM at Duxford where he met Dan Mercer from Iridium. Percy was given a tour of the aircraft on display and was very impressed with all of them. He sat on the capsule that hung below the Virgin Atlantic Balloon, checked out the in flight food served on a BOAC Comet, the worlds first jet airliner and looked in amazement at the size of the Lancaster Bomber. Then he was given privileged access to the flight deck of Concorde and looked in astonishment at all the instruments, levers and switches of this iconic aircraft. He is one very lucky bird.
Check the other photos in the Gallery and find out who has been meeting Percy!