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From Tailhooker to Mudmover

From Tailhooker to Mudmover

By Dick Lord

Although born in Johannesburg, Dick initially flew Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens aboard RN aircraft carriers and, for two years, A-4 Skyhawks and F-4 Phantoms while on a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy. After 12 years with the RN, Lord returned to South Africa, joined the SAAF (almost by accident) and flew Impalas, Sabres and the Mirage III before commanding 1 Squadron (Mirage F1AZ) during the Bush War. Lord was commander of the Air Force Command Post during the successful rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos before retiring as a Brigadier (now called Brigadier General).

Given the three distinctive periods in the authors life, covering nearly four decades, the book is divided into three sections: RN Fleet Air Arm, US Navy and SAAF, each with its own foreward by a personal friend who served in that arm. Lord covers, in amusing detail, enlisting in the Royal Navy, the life of a carrier pilot aboard the carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and the Ark Royal, the US Navy way of training Phantom pilots during the war in Vietnam, flying combat missions and directing operations during the Border War. Subsequently, the author commanded the Air Force Command Post (AFCP) in Pretoria.

The book is in 220x150mm with 360 pages and 81 B&W photographs.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday, 12. April 2006.