Time Flies

Reflections of a Fighter Pilot

David Hamilton

A detailed insight into the exploits of a Royal Air Force fighter pilot straight from the cockpit. The exploits range from intercepting Soviet bombers off Iceland to defending Saudi Arabia in Gulf War One; from flying off the deck of Ark Royal to displays with the Red Arrows; and flying a desk in the UK MoD and NATO HQs.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555842
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Time Flies: Reflections of a Fighter Pilot retells the exploits of David Hamilton’s thirty years of service in the Royal Air Force. He had a wide and varied career; flying Lightnings to defend UK airspace, operating from HMS Ark Royal in F-4 Phantoms, and defending the Inner German Border from RAF Wildenwrath. In the UK MoD he was a staff officer responsible for the Eurofighter project. He served in the First Gulf War, as the commander of a Tornado F3 Squadron deployed in Saudi Arabia, and worked as General Sir Peter de la Billière’s air advisor afterwards. He flew with and was supervisor of the Red Arrows. In NATO’s Brussels Headquarters, he served as a Group Captain, formulating the Rules of Engagement for the Bosnian air campaign, and then became the deputy station commander at RAF Leuchars. Hamilton also led the Tornado F3 four-ship flypast over Edinburgh Castle as the Stone of Destiny returned to Scotland on 30 November 1996, before taking early retirement from the RAF to work in the defense industry on the Eurofighter project.

About The Author

David Hamilton was educated at George Heriots School in Edinburgh and gained his pilot’s licence at seventeen. Joining the RAF straight from school, he qualified as a fighter pilot and flew Lightnings and F-4 Phantoms, including from the deck of HMS Ark Royal, as well as commanding a Tornado F3 squadron and air base. He supervised and flew with the Red Arrows. He held staff appointments in the MoD, NATO HQ and as air advisor to General Sir Peter de la Billière after the First Gulf War, before taking early retirement and spending twelve years with industry on the Eurofighter project.

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