Herd of bullocks makes a meal of classic aeroplane
By Kathleen McCaul
The farmer's field near Hereford seemed a perfect landing spot for three aircraft enthusiasts and their 1948 Auster J1-N plane at the weekend.
But when they returned from dining at a nearby pub they discovered that their cherished flying machine had itself been lunch for a herd of Herefordshire bullocks who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage by chewing a large hole in the fuselage.
Mike Jones, 66, a former police officer from Bristol, said: "We usually land in farmers' fields, but this is the first time something like this has happened. When the farmer found out he put up barbed wire to protect the plane from further damage, but the cows broke it down to eat some more.
"It might have been the white colour that attracted them. The wings are covered with chemicals, so maybe all these cows were on a high."
The other two enthusiasts on the trip were Lisa Kingscot, 42, a businesswoman from Oaksey Park near Cirencester, Glos, and Tony Cooper, 55, who is retired, also from Oaksey Park.
The plane had to be dismantled and taken home on a trailer.
EGAD! I just saw the vile hildebeast cow
* gouging my eyes out *