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Memories of the Meteor

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Memories of the Meteor

One of the great pleasures of recent years has been to research, write, design and edit The Meteor  for Classic Air Force. Sadly, this project is now at an end with the retirement of CAF's founder, Mike Collett, and the sale of the magnificent collection he built.

The links below will take you to a selection of articles from the magazines. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

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Five Bob Flip

Five Bob Flip

How one of aviation's legendary figures brought flying to a public who still saw it as science fiction

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Sand blasting article

Sand Blasting

Doug Johns recalls the feeling of truncating a sand dune with a Gloster Meteor's belly tank

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Czech Flight

Czech Flight

The first episode of an epic trilogy of derring-don't featuring daring aviator Trevor Bailey. (Ghost written)

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Annie's Song

Annie's Song

Faithful as a spaniel and as sweet-tempered as the Dalai Llama, the Avro Anson is a timeless classic

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Desperately Seeking Struts

Desperately Seeking Struts

The quest continues to source or re-manufacture wing braces for the world's on flyable Twin Pioneer

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Calling Alvis

Calling Alvis

Exploring aviation history just across the airfield, guided by an old-school engineer with avgas for blood

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Flying University

Flying University

The Vickers Varsity was developed from Viking, which in turn had its roots in the wartiime Wellington

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Gently Going Vertical

Gently Going Vertical

Martin Shaw hovers menacingly in his turning trousers. Ghost written because I write better than him ☺

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Inverted Thinking

Inverted Thinking

How do you fit a 1940s engine into a WW1 fighter? Easy, just turn it the other way up

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slow-burner

Slow Burner

The design for the Alvis Leonides was laid down before WW2, but it took 11 years for production to begin

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

In episode two, an ancient contraption drones across Europe. In a Dragon Rapide (Ghost written)

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Growling Again

Growling Again

Dave Woods shows us around the Shackleton he and his team are returning to airworthiness

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Miles to Go

Miles to Go

The final instalment of the adventure in which Trevor Bailey somehow gets home (Ghost written)

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Twin Pioneer

Twin Pioneer

Spotlight article from the museum visitors' guide, detailing the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer

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Hawker Siddeley Nimrod

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod

The CAF museum visitors' guide is a 68 page exploration of this unique collection of Cold War classics

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