Narrow Escape…

TranslatorThere were two principal airlines in Laos during the early 70s – Lao Airlines and Royal Air Lao.  Both flew old piston-engined planes, especially the rugged DC-3 and a DC-4 – until Lao Airlines bought a Vickers Viscount – a turbo-prop. One...
The Last Mile…

The Last Mile…

Translator…is always the longest. A familiar saying, but one that I am always reminded of whenever I visit the Philippines. I have usually come half way around the world to do so, except that this time it was just a local trip – from Manila to Davao....

Flying the Comet 4

TranslatorMuch joy is often derived from the totally unexpected. Such was my experience when I learned that I would be flying in a Comet 4 jet plane when I flew back to Laos via Thailand in 1971. The previous day had been quite hectic. I was getting anxious because I...

Bristol Freighter? No problem!

TranslatorI was reminded of one of my more memorable flying adventures when visiting the M Shed museum in Bristol a few days ago. Among many other traditions the city has been famous for its aviation industry. Possibly the most famous plane to come out of the Bristol...

Flying

TranslatorI had always wanted to fly. As a kid I used to lay on my back in the garden watching planes passing overhead often on their way out of Heathrow – or preparing to land. There was a mystery about it all. These feelings were further enhanced when my mum...