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Aviation at the Edge: 42 Years of Comradeship, Tragedy & Adrenaline Fuelled Life In the Clouds [Paperback]

Mr John Flexman
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10 Jun 2012
Three thousand feet above the Zambian bush, the DHC2 Beaver had only ten minutes' fuel remaining. Night was drawing in; ground features were indiscernible. I could not raise anyone on the radio. Would this be the end? John Flexman knew he wanted to be a pilot from the moment he saw an RAF flypast as a boy of eight. At sixteen he joined the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, getting his ‘wings’ in 1961 at the age of 18. From there on he never looked back. His flying career took him around the world, from the Far East to Africa and back again. John came within seconds of disaster on several occasions and often encountered tragedy, losing several friends and colleagues in flying accidents. During his years in Africa he flew the dictator Idi Amin several times, while on the ground he was able to witness the barbaric results of Amin’s régime. He went on to fly an assortment of prominent businessmen, politicians and pop stars, from Norman Tebbitt and Rupert Murdoch to Phil Collins and Paul McCartney. John finally retired at 60, having narrowly survived a 42-year career spanning 17,800 flying hours. Aviation at the Edge is his story.

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Memoirs Publishing (10 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909020354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909020351
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Flexman was born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire, England. As a boy he loved the thrill of riding his pushbike much too fast, and he knew he wanted to be a pilot the day he saw an RAF flypast zoom overhead. Fresh out of school at 17, John joined the Fleet Air Arm, where he relished the experience of learning to fly a wide variety of aircraft. John toured the world on HMS Hermes and completed eight years with the Navy before joining the Zambia Air Force. The experiences that followed as a bush pilot in Africa made his Navy days look like a vicarage tea party. He met his Trinidadian wife Janet in 1964 while on a posting in Malta and they have now retired to Malaysia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Successful Christmas gift 11 Feb 2013
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My father is interested in travel and aviation, so I thought this would be the perfect Christmas gift for him. Indeed, he thought it was a fascinating account of the author's adventures and said that there were moments during which he felt that he was right there in the cockpit. Although he enjoyed getting a sense of the day-to-day activities associated with the aviation career, my father did feel that some of the details were maybe a bit too specific, and would only be interesting to/understood by a fellow aviator. He also remarked that some of the prose could have used a bit of work, but in general the excitement and intrigue of the stories made up for that minor flaw.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present for my grandad 16 Jan 2013
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For someone who doesn't read books as such (he prefers newspapers!) he is really enjoying it and says it's really fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! 19 Nov 2012
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Great reading. The extraordinary events are vividly described in such a way that you experience the highs and lows with the author. Pilots and those with aviation interests will love reading about the many flying exploits. This is a book that once started I felt compelled to keep going to see what event happened next in the author's flying career and private life - and there was never a dull moment! You have to read it to believe it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 14 Nov 2012
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Half way through Kindle version. Ordered print version because I'm already sure that this is the story of a fabulous flying career. Fully recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 1 Feb 2014
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Covered a period of my youth when I probably watched JF's Scimitar fly overhead . Fascinating civilian career as well.
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