A Pilot’s Remarkable Story During The Golden Era Of British Aviation, Forty-Seven Years Aloft, From Cold War Fighters & Flying the PM To Commercial Jets

A fascinating career in military aviation and commercial aviation spanning 47 years. This book could be the story of many a pilot through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: A Pilot's Remarkable Story During The Golden Era Of British Aviation, 
Forty-Seven Years Aloft, From Cold War Fighters & Flying the PM To Commercial 
Jets
FILE: R2966
AUTHOR: Brian Burdett
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Air World
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War, Air Cadets, PPL, RAF Wings, Commercial Airline Pilot, first 
generation jet fighters, biplanes, second generation jet fighters

ISBN: 1-52675-303-0

IMAGE: B2966.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A fascinating career in military aviation and commercial aviation 
spanning 47 years. This book could be the story of many a pilot through the 
1950s, 1960s and 1970s –    Highly Recommended.

The author was a schoolboy who only wanted to fly. He joined the Air Cadets, 
learned to fly, gained his PPL and joined the RAF. He then began a career that 
offered three choices later on, to leave flying for an RAF desk job, leave flying 
completely, become an airline pilot. In his case he started on jet fighters, moved to 
Transport Command and then turned to commercial flying. In some 47 years, he 
clocked up 22,500 hours on a very interesting mix of aircraft. His engaging text is 
supported by photo-plate sections, one of full colour images.

As a cadet, he started on Tiger Moth biplanes. At Cranwell graduated from the 
Percival Provost to de Havilland Vampires which spanned the development period 
of WWII and the immediate post war years but continued on. The Provost was in 
time re-engineered to create the jet Provost. Many readers who have heard or seen 
the jet Provost, which was generally known as the Provost, will be unaware of the 
prop plane Provost predecessor which was introduced as an advanced trainer. The 
Vampire was the second jet to enter RAF service, arriving just too late to see WWII 
action. From the Vampire, the author eventually flew the Hunter which many claim 
as the last true pilot's fighter aircraft. Having arrived at a frontline Cold War jet 
fighter squadron, most pilots would have fought tooth and nail to stay with fast jet 
combat aircraft. The author made a mid career change to the Transport Command, 
becoming the youngest four-jet captain in the world. He flew VIPs in the RAF's 
VC10, including one Prime Minister, on some interesting flights. From the RAF, he 
moved via training at Cranfield to commercial flying on a range of four-jet airliners, 
concluding his career in civil aviation as captain of an A340.

This is a particularly interesting story with a fascinating range of aircraft. It is told 
well and covers what is a unique range of topics.