No Time on the Ground – A Pilots Tales

Airline Pilots
ISBN 1-903953-71-5
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by Ken Fitzroy
A former military, commercial and civilian pilot looks back on 50 years in the air.

Illustrated with over 100 photographs from the author's personal collection this book contains a wealth of detail about the Royal Air Force in the 1950s and 60s, commercial airlines in the 60s, 70s and 80s and the Fighter Collection of vintage aircraft, making it a valuable resource for historians, researchers and journalists as well as being an entertaining read for aviation enthusiasts, fellow pilots and general readers who enjoy books about flying.

In this entertaining memoir the late Ken FitzRoy (1928-2006) looks back on a lifetime spent in and around aircraft of all types. His fascination with things aeronautical took him from a boyhood enthusiasm for gliders into the ranks of the Royal Air Force – training in Southern Rhodesia in 1952 – and thence a varied military flying career on the Vampire, Hastings, Beverley and Britannia among others. A 3½ year trip to the USA on exchange with the 904th Air Refuelling Squadron of the USAF was also one of the highlights.

After retiring from the RAF in 1967 Ken had a variety of commercial flying jobs over the following 30 years with BEA, Airtours, British Airways and Royal Brunei Airlines, amongst others.

After retirement he continued flying with The Fighter Collection at Duxford – a private collection of vintage fighter aircraft – with which he attended numerous air shows.

As can be imagined, his lengthy career in the air has provided him with a wealth of stories which he shares with his readers in a good-humoured and well-written narrative, which succeeds in providing enough detail to interest aviation enthusiasts whilst including plenty of anecdotal material to entertain any reader.

Illustrated with many black & white and full colour photographs.

details Softback | 350 pages text and photographs | 107,000 words