I was delighted to read your article on page 68 of February’s Pilot about the longest serving RAF trainer being sold and still flying.
About ten years ago, a friend of ours who had been a WAAF during the war (Beam Approach talk down) passed to me her husband’s wartime logbook before she died. I eventually passed it to the RAF Museum archive to be kept indefinitely. Before I did, I thumbed through the pages to see his many fascinating trips. One of them for 1945 contained a training sortie in which he had flown KF183. I was beside myself because one of my last trips, when at Boscombe Down in 1999, was to fly KF183 with Mark Leon-zcek on HATS. I remember sitting in the back seat with the side windows open making for a good all round view and flying approaches to the short runway at Boscombe as well as Old Sarum. It was a lovely aeroplane from that era to fly, in particular, the stall threw a wing under as the aircraft rolled around that big radial engine and, if I recall correctly, we pulled through a half roll by way of recovery!
Many thanks for the article — such nostalgia!