“Out of the Blue”

Edited by: Ian Cowie, Dim Jones and Chris Long
Halldale Media Group (2011)

This is the first of a three book set of flying stories and memoirs of Royal Air Force members from their service careers. The compilation covers a wide time period from just after the Second World War to the end of the Cold War.

This is a very well edited compilation of stories that keeps the focus on living and working around the various aircraft. All the tales take place in the squad rooms, hangars, flightlines or cockpits. There are, thankfully, no stories of off duty alcohol induced misadventures or skirt chasing to be found in this book.

These are all proper flying stories in the truest sense. The historical width and breadth this book covers ensures that the reader gets a good taste of how life in the RAF changed over the years and how the demands on pilots increased as the technology in aircraft increased as well.

As you might be able to tell, I very much recommend this book!

The book was published with the intent that the proceeds from sales would go to benefit the RAF Benevolent Fund and other British military veteran charities.

You can find it for purchase on the RAF Benevolent Fund website:
Out Of The Blue