Cheltenham Schoolboy to Cold War Canberra Jet Pilot

For many, the dream of flying begins in childhood, staring up at the sky and wondering what it would be like to soar among the clouds.

Jeremy Lane’s fascination for aviation was nurtured by countless childhood hours watching aircraft at Staverton Airport and North Weald.

He shares his experiences flying the Jet Provost and later, the Canberra. He describes the capabilities of this versatile and iconic aircraft, from high-speed reconnaissance to its nuclear role.

The Canberra’s design, with its twin jet engines and rudimentary navigation equipment, required high skill and constant attention. The stories of flying at low levels, navigating with minimal aids, and the ever-present risk of engine failure provide a gripping insight into the life of an RAF pilot.

This episode is a treasure trove of aviation history and personal anecdotes. Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or simply curious about the life of an RAF pilot, this episode offers a compelling and immersive experience.

Tune in next week part 2 where we go into detail about the challenges of nuclear operations along the edge of the Iron Curtain.

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