Aviator Extraordinaire: My Story

Aviator Extraordinaire: My Story

by CB Paul
     
 

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"At Cambridge, as an undergraduate of St. John's, I realized that, more than anything else, I wanted to fly."

A lifelong fascination and love of flying and aircrafts is fuel for this engaging autobiography by G J Christopher Paul, CB, DFC; a man bitten by the aviation bug at an air display at the age of four, and thereafter a devotee. His remarkable RAF career

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"At Cambridge, as an undergraduate of St. John's, I realized that, more than anything else, I wanted to fly."

A lifelong fascination and love of flying and aircrafts is fuel for this engaging autobiography by G J Christopher Paul, CB, DFC; a man bitten by the aviation bug at an air display at the age of four, and thereafter a devotee. His remarkable RAF career was followed by an eventful civilian career in aviation, which saw him organize rallies at places such as Sywell, encouraging 'flying for fun'. Both halves of his flying life are detailed here in chronological order and in his own words. Minor additions have been made to offer technical descriptions to readers unfamiliar with Paul's aviation vocabulary.

The fifty year span of his career covered an incredible period of aviation history; from gaining his license in the 1920s to his retirement in the 1970s, there was virtually no iconic or, for that matter, obscure aircraft that Christopher Paul did not fly. Included in the book is an extensive appendix in which Paul details, again in chronological order, every aircraft type he flew during his career. It is a veritable roll of honor of every conceivable aircraft, both British built and International, across arguably the most important period of aviation development.

Interwoven with his own career progression and experiences are world events and situations. Coupled with this we can clearly see the development of aircraft over a period of over fifty years. Eloquently written, this is the autobiography of a man who described flying a Spitfire as having 'one's own wings'; the thrill of flight is translated here, and the effect is equally thrilling. A lively account of a life in the skies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781594247
Publisher:
Pen and Sword
Publication date:
08/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

AIR COMMODORE G J CHRISTOPHER
PAUL, CB, DFC served a lengthy career with
the RAF before retiring in the 1970s. After
his retirement, retaining a great passion for
aviation and flight, his involvement continued
in a civilian capacity.
My Story, his personal account of his time
in the skies, was written in his latter years,
primarily for his family and close friends. He
died in January 2003, at the age of 95.

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