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Black Arrow Blue Diamond (Paperback)

Leading the Legendary RAF Flying Display Teams

Aviation > Royal Air Force

By Brian Mercer
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526796813
Published: 1st March 2021



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Brian Mercer is one of the most outstanding post-war RAF fighter pilots and in this eminently readable autobiography he recaptures life as it was in the days of transition from flying piston-powered aircraft to jet power. His flying and leadership skills resulted in a long association with what was then considered as the finest aerobatic display team in the world - Treble One Squardron’s ‘Black Arrows’. Flying the elegant black Hawker Hunters in large formation displays was no easy task and the author explains in great detail how their legendary precision was achieved, revealing many exciting incidents en route. When Treble One’s Hunters were replaced with the supersonic Lightining fighter, it soon became clear that these superfast aircraft were not suited to close-up display flying. Brian was then asked to form a new RAF display team and continue with Hunters. This was to become the No. 92 Squadron’s Blue Diamonds’, who inherited the star role. Faced with the fact that future promotion within the RAF would move him from cockpit to desk, Brian elected to join then then fledgling airline, Cathay Pacific. His story continues with many exciting incidents flying from the company’s home base at Kai Tak in Hong Kong.

"Photographs are interesting, and well captioned..."

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A fun and easy read that would appeal to anyone with an interest in aviation, covering both the military and civilian aspects of the author’s career.

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