Thirty years ago
René Fournier’s life story and excellent creations were celebrated by Bernard Chabbert – his own preference being the RF-8, while at the other end of the speed spectrum, Maxi Gainza achieved his back-seat trip in an Argentine Air Force Mirage/ Dagger. His pilot put the jet through its paces, including flying down to almost zero feet above water.
The World Aerobatic Championships, in Canada, were won by the Americans, just ahead of the Russians. Men’s individual champion, American Henry Haigh, was 63 years old. Sadly, the Brits were well down the order.
Remember the ITV series ‘Piece of Cake’? Pilot got the inside story on how the aerial sequences were shot,
including Ray Hanna’s famous flight underneath Winston bridge on the river Tees (look it up on Youtube – Ed).
And in 1988, before the next downturn came along, airlines were short of pilots so a special feature explained what was needed to become a commercial or career pilot,
how to go about it, and what the rewards might be. Strange that some of those inspired by reading that article might now be nearing retirement – or beyond the enforced retirement age.