Delta Papa,a life of flying. Foreword by Sir Peter Scott C.B.E, D.S.C.
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Why should a pilot choose to launch a glider in a thunderstorm? How were the aerial sequences filmed for The Blue Max or Those Magnificent Men. Can one fly from London to Paris on an open primary glider, the 'next best thing to a witch's broomstick' ? Derek Piggott answers these from first-hand knowledge in this compelling autobiography. Already well known throughout the flying world, and author of three instructional books about gliding and soaring, he now describes for the first time his own wide-ranging (and often unique) experiences.
No pilot will read this book without learning from it; every reader, pilot or not, will share in the exhilarating but demanding business of flying.
Alan Derek Piggott was born in Essex. After school, he joined a firm of instrument makers, and then, in 1942, the RAF. He was one of Britain's best known glider pilots and instructors. He had over 5,000 hours on over 153 types of powered aircraft and over 5,000 hours on over 184 types of glider. He was honoured for his work on the instruction and safety of glider pilots. In 1961 he became the first person to make an officially authenticated take-off and flight in a man –powered aircraft. He also worked as a stunt pilot in several feature films. (Wikipedia).