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EVENT BOOK SIGNING : Southern African Top Guns
DATE Thursday 16 July 2009, 5.30pm
Former Fleet Air Arm Top Gun, Brigadier-General Dick Lord, is coming to the UK for a unique book signing event at the Midland Air Museum.
South African Dick joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a pilot flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens. He then went on to serve on board the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal on cruises around the world. In the mid ’60s, he was selected for a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He completed tours of air warfare instruction, flying Hunters out of the naval air stations at Lossiemouth, Scotland and Brawdy, Wales.
In the early ‘70’s, Jo’Burg born Dick returned to South Africa. He joined the South African Air Force (SAAF), flying Impalas, Sabres and Mirage IIIs. During the Border War, he commanded 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZs into Angola, followed by running air force operations out of Oshikati, Windhoek and SAAF Headquarters in Pretoria. He was mentioned in dispatches for his role in the remarkable rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos. A highlight of his career was organizing the successful fly-past of 76 aircraft for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994.
Dick is the author of 'From Fledgling to Eagle and Vlamgat - the Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force', books distributed in the UK by the Rugby based publishing house, 30 Degrees South UK.
With Group Captain Peter Petter-Bowyer, formerly of the Rhodesian Air Force, Dick will be hosting ‘Southern African Top Guns’. He will be on hand to talk of his experiences and sign copies of his books. What’s more, the Midland Air Museum has kindly offered to open up the cockpits of aircraft used by the South African and Rhodesian Air Forces.
VENUE Midland Air Museum, Coventry
TICKETS Entrance by free ticket available on application from steve@30degreessouth.co.uk
DETAILS www.30degreessouth.co.uk
 
EVENT BOOK SIGNING : Southern African Top Guns
DATE Thursday 16 July 2009, 5.30pm
Former Fleet Air Arm Top Gun, Brigadier-General Dick Lord, is coming to the UK for a unique book signing event at the Midland Air Museum.
South African Dick joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a pilot flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens. He then went on to serve on board the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal on cruises around the world. In the mid ’60s, he was selected for a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He completed tours of air warfare instruction, flying Hunters out of the naval air stations at Lossiemouth, Scotland and Brawdy, Wales.
In the early ‘70’s, Jo’Burg born Dick returned to South Africa. He joined the South African Air Force (SAAF), flying Impalas, Sabres and Mirage IIIs. During the Border War, he commanded 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZs into Angola, followed by running air force operations out of Oshikati, Windhoek and SAAF Headquarters in Pretoria. He was mentioned in dispatches for his role in the remarkable rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos. A highlight of his career was organizing the successful fly-past of 76 aircraft for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994.
Dick is the author of 'From Fledgling to Eagle and Vlamgat - the Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force', books distributed in the UK by the Rugby based publishing house, 30 Degrees South UK.
With Group Captain Peter Petter-Bowyer, formerly of the Rhodesian Air Force, Dick will be hosting ‘Southern African Top Guns’. He will be on hand to talk of his experiences and sign copies of his books. What’s more, the Midland Air Museum has kindly offered to open up the cockpits of aircraft used by the South African and Rhodesian Air Forces.
VENUE Midland Air Museum, Coventry
TICKETS Entrance by free ticket available on application from steve@30degreessouth.co.uk
DETAILS www.30degreessouth.co.uk

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