By Brian Mercer
Brian Mercer is among the most eminent post-war RAF fighter pilots and during this eminently readable autobiography he recaptures lifestyles because it used to be within the days of transition from flying piston-powered airplane to jet energy. His flying and management abilities led to a protracted organization with what was once then regarded as the best aerobatic demonstrate group on the earth - Treble One Squardron’s ‘Black Arrows’. Flying the based black Hawker Hunters in huge formation screens was once no effortless job and the writer explains in nice aspect how their mythical precision used to be completed, revealing many interesting incidents en path. whilst Treble One’s Hunters have been changed with the supersonic Lightining fighter, it quickly turned transparent that those superfast plane weren't fitted to close-up reveal flying. Brian was once then requested to shape a brand new RAF show staff and proceed with Hunters. This used to be to turn into the No. ninety two Squadron’s Blue Diamonds’, who inherited the celebrity function. confronted with the truth that destiny promoting in the RAF might circulation him from cockpit to table, Brian elected to affix then then fledgling airline, Cathay Pacific. His tale keeps with many interesting incidents flying from the company’s domestic base at Kai Tak in Hong Kong.
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Roger RN 121 D’longh Flt. Lt. Basil forty four, sixty one Dixon Sqn. Ldr. Bob. 138, a hundred and forty Doppler 205 Dovey Mr. 117 Drake Wg. Cdr. Billy sixty eight Dubai 214 Dunsfold 152, a hundred and seventy Duval Collette 118 Duxford sixty three, seventy one Dyarbakir a hundred and fifty five, 158 Edmondson Flt. Lt. Dave 117, 129 Etherington Smith ninety nine workout Emperor forty eight, 50 Fairy Delta one hundred fifteen Farnborough sixty six, 121, 123, 129, 152, 166, one hundred seventy Filton eighty two Firedog Operations 89 Floyd Capt. Brian 213 Flying Grading university 26 Foord-Kelsey A. V. M. 123 Foreman Capt George one hundred eighty Fortin most sensible Sergeant Larry USMC fifty four, sixty one Francis Flt. Lt. Clive 108 Franks Flt. Lt. Bob sixty one Freeman Flt. Lt. “Taff” a hundred and forty, 148, 152, 166 Furstenfeldbruck 153–155 Gage W. O. Eric 30 Gardemoen 177 Garrett Flt. Lt. Dave eighty five, a hundred and fifteen Gellard Flt. Lt. Bob forty seven Gill Fg. Off. Derek one hundred forty, 166 Goodwin Flt. Lt. Dave eighty five furnish Flt. Eng. “Tubby” two hundred Graz Maj. Luftwaffe 164 eco-friendly Capt Geof. 186 eco-friendly Island 187 Griffiths Flt. Lt John 138, 143, 151, 158, 169, 176, 211 Grimshaw Flt. Lt. Frank ninety two, 102, 117, 137, a hundred forty five, 167 Gutersloh fifty nine Guynemer Capt. George one hundred fifty Guynemer Trophy 161, 164 Hainan 181 Halfar 146 Hannafin Gp. Capt. Pat 87, 172 Hancock AVM, 111 Harcourt-Smith Sqn. Ldr. David 158 Hanson Fg. Off. Jimmy 88 Hardie Flt. Lt. Colin a hundred and fifteen, one hundred forty four Hartmann Col. Eric, Luftwaffe one hundred fifty, a hundred and fifty five Harvard, North American 31, 33, forty Hawker 1127 (Kestrel/Harrier) 114, 174 Hawker Hunter sixty four, 111, 113, 114, 147, 159 Hawker Sea Hawk ninety five, 121 Heany 27, 30, 36 Heathrow 179, one hundred eighty, two hundred, 215 Hickey Flt. Eng. Ken 193 Highton Flt. Lt. Peter 161, 162, a hundred sixty five Hine Flt. Lt. (Later ACM Sir Patrick Hine) 116, 119, 167, 172 Hispano cannon 50, sixty four Hong Kong Aero membership one hundred ninety Hoppit Flt. Lt. “Hoppy” 70 Hornet, de Havilland 87, 89, ninety five Howe Sqn. Ldr. John 167, one hundred seventy Humphrey Gp. Capt. Andrew 143 Hunt Wg. Cdr. Mike forty-one, forty four Hurll Fg. Off. Johnny eighty Hymans Fg. Off. Roger 117, 123, 126 Ingham Fg. Off. Dick 166 Jabani Maj. Iranian Air strength 156 Jacobs Capt. Bob 30 James Col. Chappie USAF 148 Jeffiy Flt. Lt. “Jeff” seventy eight Jenkins Sqn. Ldr. Alan ninety six, a hundred, 106, 159 Jever a hundred twenty five, 149 John Stewart 197, 201 Johnson Fg. Off. Bob ninety three, ninety seven, 102 Johnson Gp. Capt. Johnny one hundred thirty Johnson Gp. Capt. “Sandy” one hundred forty Joss Stick, workout 103 Kai Tak Airport 182, 184, 188 Kammhuber Gen. Luftwaffe a hundred and fifty five Kearns Flt. Lt. Terry 87, ninety two Kemp Flt. Lt. Mathew 117 Khatami Gen. Iranian Air strength 157 King Capt. Laurie 184, 187, 211 King Sqn. Ldr. Paddy 133 Kingly Pile, workout 89 Kluang 106 Knight Wg. Cdr. Marcus 88 Kramer Capt. Pat USAF 154, 156 Kuala Lumpur ninety five, 102 Kuun Fg. Off. Dave 166 Kyle AVM “Digger” 104 Laker Freddie 199 Lamb Fg. Off. Norman 117, 123 Lancashire Fusiliers 21 Lancaster, Avro forty nine, fifty three Latham Sqn. Ldr. Peter 111, 122, a hundred twenty five, a hundred thirty, 134, 152, 211 Leconfield 148, 159 Leeming forty four, fifty one Leeuwarden 163, 166 Le may possibly Gen. USAF 119 Lewis Capt. Brian 192 Lightning, English electrical 114, 172, 173 Lincoln, Avro ninety one Lincoln Fg. Off. “Abe” 107 Linton on Ouse sixty eight Lisbon 127 Loran 209 Lord Flt. Lt. Dickie eighty five Lovell Sqn. Ldr. Pete ninety two, ninety six, 104 Luqa 146, 159 Malacca Straits ninety five, one zero five Malayan Emergency 87 Malta 141, 146 Mancais Lt.