July 17, 2020

During the recent lockdown, on a walk through a cemetery near my home in Kent, I noticed a memorial which told a story of family tragedy including three brothers – William, James and John McCudden, all killed in separate air incidents during the First World War.

The second son, James ha...

December 14, 2018

“Flying Tigers” was the nickname of the First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942. It was comprised of pilots from the US Air Corps, Navy and Marines and commanded by General Claire Lee Chennault. The group consisted of three fighter squadrons of around...

September 5, 2018

For most of us the name “Spitfire” conjures up images of the Battle of Britain, with these beautiful, elliptical winged fighter aircraft defending the sky over the White Cliffs of Dover in 1940. But that is only a small part of the story of the most legendary of all aircraft.

What is le...

May 23, 2018

One of the biggest changes to European data privacy law comes into effect on 25 May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR, means that individuals will in future have more control over how their data is used. It will also ensure that organisations controlling...

February 16, 2018

Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader was probably the most famous of all British fighter pilots of the Second World War. He was not only a hero of the British but also gained enormous respect of his German foes, who imprisoned him during the last four years of the war.

Douglas was commission...

May 26, 2017

It may seem logical that if you manage to buy a ticket for a sporting event or theatre, that you should expect be able to attend. That if you have bought a car or a garment and paid for it, you should expect delivery or be able to collect your goods. But what if on the day of the event...

September 9, 2016

The image of a pilot as portrayed by the likes of Leonardo di Caprio, Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford – glamorous, brave, handsome and surrounded by pretty, swooning cabin attendants is far from reality. Pilots are just normal men and women and many of them of course are also gay.  But wh...

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