This book is a true gem. Telling the story of an ordinary man, who was in the right place at the right time to pioneer aspects of jet aviation. John Howe was the first commander of an operational Lightning squadron, and one of the first to fly the Phantom in Royal Air Force service. John is now aged 80, and during a recent meeting, the years tumbled away as he recalled some of his pioneering acrivities. A very worthwhile read.