- Jul 2, 2007
- London/ Kilifi Kenya
- Gyrs, RAF 2000/Mgni/Bnsn/Hrnet/Mrlin/Crckt/MT-03/Lyzlle AV18-A/Prdtor. Pax ArrowCopter
- Total Flight Time
- 100+ gyro, 16,000+ other
Just joshing with you Vance.I am not trying to fool anyone.
My father's comment to me, when I would state to him that I wanted to be a pilot like him, was, " It's just being a glorified bus driver."
My feelings later in life, and with the benefit of his logbook, were that he had lived pretty intensely through his wartime flying. Joined RAF at 17, first operational squadron fighting in the N African campaign less than a year later. Posted to Crete before it fell in the massive German airborne invasion, then sent across to Ceylon just in time to face the massive Japanese airborne attack on Columbo. Shot down on the 4th of April at 19 yrs old. Three bullets in his back one in the leg and one through his neck he bailed out, found and taken to hospital. Less than one moth later on May 3rd back in a hurricane cockpit and in action again.
He and others like him had lived on the edge in an environment where one could die anytime, and probably anything after that was pretty tame.
He certainly wanted me to find my own way, as I have wanted my own sons to do. One is now a airline Captain, the other a cop...who built an autogyro with me, and will at some stage, when wife, job and two babies allow, will start flying one.
What caused our father's to look to the sky Vance? Whatever it was I am pretty sure I got that gene, and would certainly venture you did too.