ACA Woking News by Doug Hudgell, Assistant PRO

2 July 2001

RETIRED AIRCREW ENTERTAINED BY A "PILOT'S PILOT"

The Woking Branch of the Aircrew Association, at their June meeting at Fairoaks Airport Flight Centre enjoyed a talk on "Displaying the Warbirds" by Air Chief Marshal Sir John Allison, who described himself as a Pilot's Pilot. He said that, although he had had a very successful and satisfying life, he was talking with some humility to those who had actually flown in the war. In consequence, instead of his usual talk for a general audience, he gave a resume of his interesting life, as a pilot.

Amongst the many different aircraft which he had flown were Tornadoes, Lightnings, Phantoms, Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Corsair belonging to a farmer and many others, some owned by himself at the time.

He admitted that in pursuit of his career he had to do a stint at the Ministry of Defence, and hated it! In thanking him for a most interesting talk, in which he was obviously proud of his many achievements, members felt that his pride was thoroughly deserved.