Friday, June 1, 2007
This is a personal view of aviation which puts the reader in the cockpit and shows what it is like to fly a wide range of aircraft, from aerobatic biplanes to the most advanced jet fighters such as the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 Hornet. From the delights of puttering round in a classic Tiger Moth biplane to the awesome vertical climb of the F-15 Eagle. From supersonic flight in the F-16 to the challenge of learning to fly a Piper Cub on floats. The author was the first British writer to fly the Northrop T-38 supersonic trainer and the variable stability Learjet with the US Test Pilot School, and the first to fly with the Wild Weasels in their F-4 Phantoms. He flew the A-4 Skyhawk on a Marine Forward Air control sortie, and was the first British aviation writer to fly with the Blue Angels after their transition to the F/A-18 Hornet.
"View from the Cockpit" is the story of these flights and will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever looked longingly skyward, be they pilot, aviation enthusiast or would-be aviator.
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