Aircraft Engineer – reflections on a 50 year career in aviation

An Aircraft Engineer
ISBN 1-84683-115-6
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by Brian W.A. Johnson
My journey from RAF Halton apprentice to senior management with commercial airlines 1947 to 1997.

Illustrated with numerous photographs, this lively memoir provides an insight into the essential work undertaken by aircraft engineers around the world whose job it is to maintain the aircraft operated by civil airlines to the highest standards according to a strict code of practice which ensures the safety of air passengers everywhere. Nervous flyers will take comfort in learning about the highly trained personnel involved in this task and the rigorous standards enforced.

In this enjoyable and informative book, Brian W.A. Johnson tells the story of his remarkable career in aviation that saw him progress from from RAF Apprentice to senior airline management.

After joining the Royal Air Force in 1947, Brian went on to train as an aircraft apprentice at RAF Halton and subsequently served for 12 years as an RAF aircraft engineer.

After leaving the RAF he began a new career in civil aviation engineering, in which he would progress from the hangar floor to senior management in the course of the following 40 years, as an employee of numerous aviation companies and airlines located in the UK, South Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.

Brian’s recollections and observations offer an interesting insight into the little-known world of aircraft engineering, revealing the extraordinary levels of expertise, effort and organisation required to maintain and repair the aircraft flown by the world’s commercial airlines.

Brian not only provides a well-informed perspective on the development of aviation from the forties to the nineties but also shares many personal memories of notable, amusing and unusual incidents from his lengthy career, making this an enjoyable and entertaining read as well as an informative one.

Details softback | 140 x 205 mm | 240 pages | mono & colour photos