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A Pilot's Perspective: A Former Airline Captain's Reflections on a Lifetime of Flying 1950-2012 [Paperback]

Cedric Flood
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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Woodfield Publishing (14 Mar 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 184683130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846831300
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this entertaining memoir, veteran Liverpudlian pilot Cedric Flood looks back on an aviation career spanning more than half a century, dating back to 1950 when, as a 13-year-old schoolboy, he donned a set of overalls and began working as a voluntary helper to the aircraft engineer at his local flying club, based at Liverpool's Speke airfield.

It was to mark the start of a lifetime in aviation which would see Cedric become first an aircraft engineer, then a pilot, then an airline captain for Cambrian Airways and British Airways.

Cedric flew a variety of aircraft types, beginning with the propeller powered Tiger Moth, Rapide and Dakota before graduating to passenger jets such as the Viscount and BAC 1-11.

His memories of working on and subsequently flying these and other now historic aircraft will be of great interest to aviation buffs and fellow pilots, who will appreciate his knowledgeable and detailed commentary, although you don't need to be an aviation expert in order to enjoy his many stories of hair-raising events, narrow escapes and humorous incidents in the air or his recollections of the many colourful aeronautical characters with whom he came into contact in the course of his long and eventful career.

In the final chapter he describes his recreational activities since retirement, which have included building his own light aircraft and flying from Speke, where his aviation career began.

Given the length and breadth of his experience, this book is also an informal history of aviation itself over the last 50 years, during which time it has changed beyond recognition, in much the same way that Liverpool's Speke airport has evolved from provincial airfield it was when he first began working there to the busy international airport it is today.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pilot's Perspective 30 Sep 2012
By steve
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Having worked as a pilot with Cedric I am somewhat biased perhaps.....and maybe not. I was fascinated to learn of his back ground and wallowed in happy memories of operating the 1-11 with him. I found this to be an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 18 Jun 2014
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This is a fascinating read from start to finish. A lot of the content could have been unintelligible to a layman, but cedric makes all of our aviation jargon clear. There is plenty of technical stuff for other pilots but there is a very clear human side as well. Bless you mate and keep on defying gravity!

From one pilot to another, Well Done!!

Allen
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pilot's perspective 22 Dec 2013
By Jim
Very entertaining read, describing the thrills of flying, as well as some of the day to day pitfalls of airline flying. I particularly enjoyed the 30 knot cross-wind landing under the nose of a petty training Captain.
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