Mike Hooks

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Veteran avi­a­tion writer, re­searcher and pho­tog­ra­pher Mike Hooks died on 18 Jan­u­ary, aged 89.

‘My first rec­ol­lec­tion of avi­a­tion was as a two-year-old be­ing car­ried out to see the Ger­man air­ship Graf Zep­pelin fly­ing over the South Coast near Bog­nor on 18 Au­gust 1930,’ he wrote in an ar­ti­cle re­flect­ing his long cov­er­age of the avi­a­tion scene. His pas­sion steadily blos­somed as a young­ster grow­ing up close to Croy­don Air­port, and af­ter Na­tional Ser­vice as (ap­pro­pri­ately) an air­craft plot­ter in the Air Traf­fic Con­trol Cen­tre at Glouces­ter and later mem­ber of the Royal Ob­server Corps, he be­came Edi­tor of Air-britain Digest and Air­ports In­ter­na­tional be­fore join­ing the So­ci­ety of Bri­tish Aerospace Com­pa­nies (SBAC) as in­for­ma­tion and sta­tis­tics ex­ec­u­tive and later (the ever help­ful, this writer fondly re­calls) Press Of­fi­cer for the Farn­bor­ough Air Show.

In ad­di­tion to count­less hun­dreds of ar­ti­cles and col­umns for the avi­a­tion press, Mike wrote many books, in­clud­ing Croy­don Air­port – The Peace­ful Years, Lufthansa, Shorts, Hen­don to Farn­bor­ough SBAC Dis­plays 1932-1972 and, with the inim­itable (or should that be in­cor­ri­gi­ble?) com­men­ta­tor the late ‘Jolly’ John Blake, 40 Years at Farn­bor­ough – SBAC’S In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion Show­case. Mike was a prodi­gious and metic­u­lous re­searcher, cat­a­loguer of the avi­a­tion scene over seven decades, pho­tog­ra­pher, and writer. His fi­nal col­umn, for Aero­plane, was pub­lished af­ter his death. MJ

One of Mike’s many books

Seven decades in avi­a­tion: Mike Hooks

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