Author(s): Tug Wilson
‘“72 scrambling!” calls my navigator and now I know this is it. Not a practice… This is my first battle-flight scramble, and I am bricking it!’Confessions of a Phantom Pilot is the true story of a young RAF pilot who gets his dream to fly the workhorse fighter of the Cold War. From his first flight where he thought the jet was trying to kill him through to his final trip of leading eight aircraft on a frontline fighter squadron, his thoughts, feelings and anxieties are relived as he stumbled his way through each sortie where he relied on skill and blind luck to survive.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||14 October 2021|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||28 colour photographs|
Tug Wilson grew up in North Yorkshire and in 1985, his dream came true when he joined the RAF to fly fast jets. He was selected to fly the mighty Phantom for his first tour. After raging around for three years at the frontline, Wilson became a tactics and flying instructor on the BAE Systems Hawk. Following this, he was extremely lucky in securing an exchange tour with the US Marine Corps flying the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet in California. His final flying tour was on the Tornado F3 before a heart condition curtailed all his fun.