Birth­day treat for TBM owner

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

Da­her TBM 910 owner Dr John C Tay­lor, OBE, re­cently re­ceived a spe­cial birth­day present: fly­ing in for­ma­tion with the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum’s 1939-built Spit­fire 1a N3200. It was ar­ranged by David Fabry, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Fly­ing Smart, the UK and Ire­land TBM dis­trib­u­tor from whom Dr Tay­lor bought his air­craft last year. It is his fifth TBM, hav­ing pre­vi­ously owned a TBM 700A, TBM 700C2, TBM 850 and TBM 900.

The flight also ac­knowl­edged Dr Tay­lor’s fam­ily con­nec­tion with the Spit­fire and the RAF. In WWII his fa­ther Eric de­vel­oped the Tay­lor elec­tri­cally-heated flight suit, gloves and boots for RAF bomber crews, and af­ter-hours spent much of his time help­ing young men learn the ba­sics of air­man­ship by fly­ing glid­ers. Dr Tay­lor main­tained the fam­ily avi­a­tion tra­di­tion by solo­ing in a glider at the age of six­teen. Af­ter 65 years of fly­ing he has logged a to­tal of more than 5,000 hours, in­clud­ing 2,000 in his TBMS.

The for­ma­tion Spit­fire flight was ar­ranged by the UK and Ire­land TBM dis­trib­u­tor

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