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Flying and Preserving Historic Aircraft (ePub)

The Memoirs of David Ogilvy OBE, Vice-President of the Historic Aircraft Association

Aviation > Pilots Military P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By David Frederick Ogilvy
Imprint: Air World
File Size: 29.1 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781399044462
Published: 30th September 2023


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David Ogilvy spent more than a full working life in aviation. As a schoolboy he was sent out with a bugle and binoculars to blow a warning if a V1 flying bomb appeared. Soon after this, he joined the Royal Air Force and served for six years as a pilot, flying types ranging from the Tiger Moth to the Mosquito and Meteor. As a civilian he spent fourteen years involved in pilot training and became Chief Instructor of the Air Schools group, with responsibility for three establishments. He was a keen display and racing pilot and competed in many events, flying several historic types.

At an early age David realised the need for owners and operators of flyable pre-war machines to have a representative organisation to look after their concerns and interests, so, in 1951, when 22 and still serving in the RAF, he was a co-founder of the Vintage Aeroplane Club. He was also a founding member, and until his death in July 2023 a Vice President, of the Historic Aircraft Association.

In 1966 David was appointed general manager of the famous Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden. During this time, he brought in several historic aircraft, including initiating the retrieval of a 1935 Hawker Hind from Afghanistan. He flew many of the Collection’s remarkable aeroplanes, organising and participating in the displays.

As well as outlining his remarkable career, the main focus of this book is on David Ogilvy's descriptions of many of the historic aircraft he helped rescue and preserve and what it was like to be at their controls. It therefore provides a unique compendium of the flying characteristics of a range of historic aircraft, for one or two of which, he unashamedly admitted, he was possibly the last man alive to have flown.

Away from the cockpit, David was associated with many organisations, including being a founder member of the UK Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, serving for 45 years in the roles of editor, Executive Chairman and President. He was also President of today's Vintage Aircraft Club and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. David was awarded the OBE ‘for services to aviation’ in 1996.

“…even armchair flyers will be intrigued by Ogilvy’s hands-on impressions of anything from the 1910 triplane…to early jets.”

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"The author describes this book as an “aerobiography”, which is appropriate, as he combines an account of his life in aviation with first-hand type-by-type descriptions of his personal experience flying an interesting variety of aircraft"

The Aviation Historian - Issue 47

"A book many SVAS members have been waiting for, and it doesn't disappoint. A must for all Shuttleworth aficionados."

Prop-Swing, Journal of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society - Winter 2023

About David Frederick Ogilvy

Having joined the Royal Air Force shortly after the Second World War, DAVID OGILVY served as a pilot for six years, flying types ranging from the Tiger Moth to the Mosquito and Meteor, while also co-founding the Vintage Aeroplane Club. There then followed a remarkable career in civil aviation, particularly in terms of historic aircraft. Away from the cockpit, David has been associated with many organisations, serving for more than twenty-five years on both the National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee and the General Aviation Safety Council. Until his death in July 2023 David was also President of today’s Vintage Aircraft Club and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. David was awarded the OBE ‘for services to aviation’ in 1996.

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