Hunter Boys

True Tales from Pilots of the Hawker Hunter

Richard Pike

From
the highly successful author of Lightning
Boys and Lightning Boys 2, Richard Pike,
comes a welcome addition to the ‘Boys'
series, Hunter Boys. A fascinating insight
into the experiences and affections of
those who flew the iconic Hawker
Hunter. Fifteen aircrew relate their
individual recollections of the highs and
lows, the dramas and demands
Date Published :
June 2014
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781909808034
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 8 X 6 inches
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Overview
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From the highly successful author of Lightning Boys and Lightning Boys 2, Richard Pike, comes a welcome addition to the ‘Boys’ series, Hunter Boys. A fascinating insight into the experiences and affections of those who flew the iconic Hawker Hunter. Fifteen aircrew relate their individual recollections of the highs and lows, the dramas and demands of this incredible aircraft, which came into service in July 1951 and changed the future of fighter development. Including a chapter by Neville Duke, Hawker Aircraft’s chief test pilot, other tales recount the Aden emergency, the 1971 Indo/Pakistan war and a race against the odds in Gibraltar. All instances demonstrate the exceptional performance of this aircraft and illustrate its well-renowned lengthy service life with the RAF and internationally. In addition to the original photographs that accompany the text, renowned aviation artist Chris Stone has provided paintings especially for the book. The scope, style and pace of the writing in this book will appeal to the general reader as well as to the enthusiast.

About The Author
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Richard Pike became a flight cadet in 1961 at the RAF College, Cranwell, where on graduation, he was awarded the Dickson Trophy and Michael Hill memorial prize for flying. In the early stages of his forty-year flying career he flew the English Electric Lightning before converting to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. On leaving the Royal Air Force he became a civilian helicopter pilot. His duties took him to a wide variety of destinations at home and overseas including the Falkland Islands not long after the end of the Falklands War. His last assignment was in Kosovo helping to distribute emergency humanitarian aid on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme. He and his wife live in Aberdeenshire. He is the author of several Grub Street titles including: Lightning Boys, Lightning Boys 2, Hunter Boys and Phantom Boys Volume 1 and 2.

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