The Millionaires' Flying Club (Paperback)David Miller (author)
Paperback Published: 28/05/2008
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This book is a personal account of flying training and flight testing in the Royal Air Force in the 1950s. It is told in the form of the memoir of the author's eight years in the RAF, first as a pilot under training, then as an instructor who converted 157 students to fly jet aircraft, and finally as a test pilot. During his service he flew on almost every type of fighter, bomber and transport aircraft in the RAF. It really was, for him, The Millionaires' Flying Club.The period covered, was probably unique in the history of the RAF. Having more or less shut down following World War 2 it had to expand rapidly as a consequence of the Korean and the cold wars, and the types of aircraft being introduced were quite different from the piston-engined aircraft of the 1940's. Flying Training Command was ill-prepared for its task due to a severe shortage of qualified jet instructors and an inadequate mastery of the handling techniques required, resulting in the jet training accident rate becoming unsustainable. A radical and risky solution was adopted. It was simply to 'cream off' the top qualifying student of every jet conversion course and send him to Central Flying School to be trained as an instructor. This meant that trainee jet pilots would have instructors with a bare sixty hours more than they had.The author was one of those chosen. Later he was selected to train as a test pilot and subsequently joined the Experimental Flying Department of the RAE at Farnborough. Such was the variety of subjects the department had to deal with and, above all, the variety of aircraft used to carry them out, that it became known as the millionaires' flying club. When he left the RAF after eight years of service, the author had flown over 2,000 hours on almost every type of aircraft in the RAF but, unusually, had never been posted to a squadron.
Publisher: Blenheim Press Limited
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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