• A tribute to an extraordinary career in military aviation An aviation career in the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm, United States Navy, and South African Air Force
This book traces an extraordinary career through nearly four decades of military aviation. Dick Lord, well known as an aviation raconteur, tells a tale of military flying at its very best. He covers, in amusing detail, the life of a carrier pilot in both the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm and the United States Navy. His unusual career then led to combat in Southern Africa as a Mirage F1 squadron commander. He later rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the South African Air Force.
With a foreword by Admiral Sir Michael Layard KCB, CBE, this book will enthrall aviators, soldiers, military students and those with more than a passing interest in the cauldron of southern Africa during the'70s and '80s.
About the Author
Dick Lord joined the Royal Navy in 1958, where he qualified as a fighter pilot. Flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens, he served on the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal. He did a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He returned to South Africa in early'70s and joined the South African Air Force (SAAF). He is also author of Vlamgat—The Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force, From Tailhooker to Mudmover and From Fledgling to Eagle—The South African Air Force during the Border War. He is retired and lives near Cape Town with his wife June.