|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.