Air Commodore Michael Williams lived his life in the air; whatever he could get his hands on, he flew. Spending over thirty years as an RAF fighter pilot, flying instructor, and test pilot, his log book boasts more than fifty types of military aircraft flown - everything from single-seater jets to lumbering freight carriers.
Not only did Michael log more hours on more aircraft than anyone would be able to do today, he also did much of it as one of only three one-eyed pilots to ever fly in the RAF. His story is not just one of individual endeavour; it took place amidst the tumultuous political and military landscape of the twentieth century, during which he found himself at the heart of historic events such as the British withdrawal from Aden.
This memoir will fascinate military aircraft enthusiasts and inform military historians, but it will also enthral those who enjoy tales of flying back when it was full-on, fun, and furious. Above all, A Monocular Memoir is the story of a man who approached his flying and his life with a dry sense of humour.
234 x 156 mm
15 September 2016
48 black-and-white photographs
Air Commodore Michael Williams has flown a total of 56 types of aircraft, from single seater jets to lumbering freight carriers in a flying career spanning nearly 30 years. He did this amidst the changing political and military landscape of the mid to late 20th century at the heart of historic events such as the British withdrawal from Aden. Not only did Michael Williams log up more hours on more aircraft than anyone would be able to do today - he did much of it with only one eye.