Black Arrow Blue Diamond

Leading the Legendary RAF Flying Display Teams

Squadron Leader Brian Mercer AFC*

 
Date Published :
April 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
40 b/w illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844153923

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 224
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$39.95
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526796813

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 160
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$29.95
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Overview
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Brian Mercer is one of the most outstanding postwar 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 Squadron'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 Ones Hunters were replaced with the supersonic Lightning 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 Squadrons 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.

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