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by Brigadier-General Dick Lord

eBook From Tailhooker to Mudmover: An Aviation Career in the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm, United States Navy, and South African Air Force epub
  • ISBN: 0620307625
  • Author: Brigadier-General Dick Lord
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers; 1st Edition edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Pages: 360 pages
  • ePUB size: 1905 kb
  • FB2 size 1300 kb
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Dick Lord, well known as an aviation raconteur, tells a tale of military flying at its very best. Brigadier-General Dick Lord

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. Brigadier-General Dick Lord. His unusual career then led to combat in Southern Africa as a Mirage F1 squadron commander.

Brigadier-General DICK LORD was born in Johannesburg where he grew up. He joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet . He joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a fighter pilot. Flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens, he served on board the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal on cruises around the world. In the mid ’60s, he was selected for a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He completed tours of air warfare instruction, flying Hunters out of the naval air stations at Lossiemouth, Scotland and Brawdy, Wales.

Author Brigadier-General Dick Lord. Pages 360. Year of production 2010. He later rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the South African Air Force. RU. Dick Lord, well known as an aviation raconteur, tells a tale of military flying at its very best. Leipoldt"s Food and Wine EAN 9780620306171. Cape Flats Details EAN 9780620304580.

Of particular interest to me was the inside story of the Oceanos rescue operations, and a description of a rescue of German scientists of Neumayer station by Puma helicopters of the SAAF. Recommended to everybody interested in military aviation, naval aviation, and South African Military History. posted by Unknown 16:08.

From Tailhooker to Mudmover. An aviation career in the RN FAA, USN and SAAF.

It is maintained by myself during my (limited) spare time so please read the Disclaimer. I hope you enjoy the experience and visit again soon. From Tailhooker to Mudmover. Lord was commander of the Air Force Command Post during the successful rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos before retiring as a Brigadier (now called Brigadier General).

This book traces an extraordinary career through nearly four decades of. .

This book traces an extraordinary career through nearly four decades of military aviation.

From Tailhooker to Mudmover book. Brigadier-General Dick Lord joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a fighter pilot

From Tailhooker to Mudmover book. Brigadier-General Dick Lord joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a fighter pilot.

Brigadier General Dick Lord (20 June 1936 - 26 October 2011) from Johannesburg, South Africa was a South African Air Force and Fleet Air Arm pilot. He was born in Johannesburg and attended Parktown Boys' High School. He joined the Royal Navy in 1958 where he qualified as a fighter pilot. Whilst serving in the Royal Navy, Lord did a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy. He returned to South Africa in the early 1970s and joined the South African Air Force. He also wrote a number of books including.

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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.
Comments: (5)
Eayaroler
Two different military careers are described, trained by British standards and as an operational pilot in The Fleet Air Arm

and then in service with South Africa's air Force. The author's attachment to the US Navy and flying their Phantom jets

is well described.
Vetibert
Book provides insight into the early years re the introduction of jet aricraft into carrier aviation. Dick Lord reveiws his career with interesting first had insight into British, American and later South Aftrican tactical aircraft squadron life.
Magis
Brilliant served as an armourer 890 sqadron remember all the story's
huckman
Dick Lord is the man who organized the South African rescue of over 500 passengers from the sinking cruise liner Oceanos back in '94. For this fantastic feat alone General Lord deserves a special place in aviation history. Note, the rescue takes place in the last few dozen pages of the book and it's an extremely high close to the end of this book that is highly interesting and enjoyable for the reader.

The book is broken down into three main parts. The first part is Lord's service in the carrier wing of the Royal Navy. I call it the high times of the fleet arm of the Royal Navy. This is over the period of 1959 to 1968. A few dozen pages are talked about Dick's life in South Africa. Honestly, that part is a little hard to follow. I'm still sketchy on how Dick got the money for a sea voyage of nearly half the way around the world to the U.K. However, once Dick get to the U.K. things start moving fast. He tries to sign up for the RAF, there are too many applicants, is turned down, a RN officer hears his talk of his broken dream at the shop where Dick works, a reference is given, and Dick finds himself as an officer candidate in the Royal Navy.

The flying from the Royal Navy carriers is the subject of the 1st chapter. Dick starts his career flying the Sea Venom two seat jet fighter. The aircraft is given nothing by compliments by Dick, very much a glass half full type of person. Dick makes the comment the Venom is underpowered. However, Dick enjoys flying it and then makes the transition to the much better Sea Vixen fighter. The Vixen is an excellent aircraft but it has its share of quirks. First, the cockpit is mounted at an angle and this can give vertigo to a new aviator. Second, the cockpit is mounted to the side, an odd angle for most aircraft. The radiar operator (Weapon Systems officer, wizzo in USN terms) in mounted inside of the aircraft. It is called "the coal hole", a disliked position for the wizzo, this leads occasionally to fatal results if an aircraft ditches, and the USN merely would have made the Sea Vixen tandem seat behind the pilot. Another quirk the Sea Vixen has is it's an oil dripper. It appears British aircraft did not have "leak proof fittings" (not that the early USN jets were any better). Dick says the aircraft were smeared with cherry juice, the common name for hydralic fluid.

I really enjoyed reading Dick's service on the Royal Navy Ships. This is before the savage defense cuts of the late 1960s. One gets a real good snap shot of what life was like in the ending era of the Great Royal Navy. Note, if the Royal Navy had the same type air arm of 1964 for the 1982 Falklands war then it would not have even been a close run affair. Additionally, Dick gives some great stories. One of the best involves the smaller RN carrier's tendency to pitch in high waves. Dick is part of a group of aviators watching the launching and recovery of aircraft. The launching of the aircraft has to be timed with the pitch of the ship, the captain of the catapult get the timing wrong, launches a Supermarine Scimitar (kind of like an American F-3 Demon large fighter) into a wave crashing over the ship, the observers think the pilot is killed in the launch, and they see him moments later flying the wallowing Scimitar down the valley between the waves trying to pick up speed. Eventually the Scimitar picks up speed, lands aboard the carrier, and the pilot is white as a sheet for days. Months later he leaves the Royal Navy (ya think?!) and takes up flying airliners. This is one of dozens of stories.

Dick is then transferred to be a foreign observer with the USN. Folks, THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF. Dick Lord flies with the USN during the absolute fighter pilot glory days of 1968 to 1972. He flies the F-4 and does not think much of it at first. He flies the TA-4 and has to bail out after an oxygen bottle explodes and wrecks the controls. Dick is one of the founding instructors of "Top Gun" before it is named Top Gun. He instructs pilots, waxes aviators who have creamed MiGs, and meets the legendary USN fliers who have flown C-130s on aircraft carriers, flown over Vietnam, and the writing is so thick with The Right Stuff [Mass Market Paperback] that you swear that author Tom Wolf is in the room with the typewriter. This third of the book flies by, so to speak.

Dick Lord gets out of the Royal Navy and returns back to South Africa. He was to get a job flying as a bush pilot instructor and gives a great story on why he decides against it. Dick then see a man about getting a second job flying for South African analog of the Civil Air Patrol, is blown off in the interview, says he flew F-4s, and then one of the commanding Generals recruits him into flying for the SAAF. It can't say this part is weak, it's very interesting. However, I never get the impression he quite likes the Mirage III or Mirage F-1 jets. The III bleeds speed in a turn and both aircraft only have flying time for an hour unless refueled in air. The "Afrikanners" call Dick a "Pom" (negative slang for a Brit) but quickly grow to respect his flying; he can wax nearly anybody in the SAAF. Dick quickly moves up the ranks and it is very lucky for the SAAF because this former Top Gun instructor helps the SAAF gain the upper hand over the MiGs flown by neighboring African nations.

Note, there are three photo sections of this book. All cover his three distinct periods in his life. The last series of photos raises more questions than it answers. The Mirage F-1s are seen loaded down with USA made MK-82 500 pound bombs and American made bomb fuzes. How did the SAAF get the bombs and fuzes? It's never told and all a reader can do is speculate. Dick makes it real clear that only France, Israel, and Taiwan has arms dealings with South Africa.

So, why did I knock off a star? Dick "does not shift gears" well when writing. This happens a lot. Remember it takes a while to figure out how he went from South Africa to the UK? He does that a lot in this book. He is in the middle of an aircraft discussion. Then in the next paragraph he will go over to another subject, usually starting in the middle of it, and you're sitting there going "what the ..."? This really hits hard in the 3rd part of the book and makes some parts a little disjointed. He never makes it quite clear why he left the RN Fleet Air Arm because this reviewer knows that the former FAA aviators were often given positions with the RAF. The whole muddle costs a star. Sorry, Dick.

Still, the book is very enjoyable. I highly recommend it just for the section on Top Gun.
The Sphinx of Driz
Wonderful. Dick Lord was an incredible person and pilot. Anyone interested in aviation would enjoy this very much.
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