Twenty years ago

Pilot - - PILOT -

For the Novem­ber 1997 is­sue Bob Grim­stead flew the Stod­dard- Hamil­ton Glas­tar which, although it looked rather like a Cessna 152 would lift much the same load as the four-seat C172. ‘De­spite be­ing a home­built (or per­haps be­cause of it) the mostly-me­tal Glas­tar looks to be­come one of the most sig­nif­i­cant GA air­craft of the decade,’ con­cluded Bob. ‘If cer­ti­fied, it could be­come the most pop­u­lar trainer of the next.’ Sadly, for all its virtues the Glas­tar has never re­alised its po­ten­tial. Else­where in the mag­a­zine, two fu­ture Edi­tors ap­pear: for­mer owner Nick Bloom writ­ing about ‘ the most his­toric Pitts - the one that Neil Wil­liams flew, now in the Science Mu­seum’ (one won­ders what has hap­pened to it since) and Philip Whiteman, profiling Cap­tain Eric Brown. (funny story: I al­ways felt us­ing Eric’s nick­name, ‘Win­kle’ was rather dis­re­spect­ful. Fol­low­ing his un­fail­ing jour­nal­is­tic in­stinct, Ed­i­tor James Gil­bert wanted to know where the name had come from. I phoned Eric and dis­cov­ered that in Fleet Air Arm tra­di­tion the small­est serv­ing pi­lot was al­ways known as Win­kle. Eric Brown in­her­ited the ti­tle af­ter the hugely brave Eu­gene ‘Win­kle’ Es­mond was killed in the in­fa­mous Sword­fish Chan­nel ac­tion. We added a foot­note to the piece.)

Flight test num­ber two was Peter Un­der­hill’s re­port on the Bea­gle Airedale ‘a dog – but an hon­est one’. Read­ing this to­day, it’s easy to agree with the dog bit…

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