Pilot's Notes

John Romain: The Career Retrospective

John Romain: The Career Retrospective

In this monumental Pilot’s Notes, the Aircraft Restoration Company’s John Romain offers the most in-depth, deeply personal reflections on his aviation career to date. We trace his unique story from childhood to the present, exploring how his engineering prowess and exceptional airmanship led him to the forefront of the world’s historic aviation scene. Read more

Raimund Riedmann on his love affair with the P-38 Lightning

Raimund Riedmann on his love affair with the P-38 Lightning

A highlight of the Flying Legends airshow 2011 was the UK début of the Flying Bulls’ striking P-38 Lightning. Over the weekend of 9-10 July, the Lightning wowed the large crowds with its elegant routine. For its pilot, Raimund Riedmann, displaying at Flying Legends was the culmination of a personal journey that began decades earlier… Read more

Orchestrating Duxford’s 17 Spitfire Salute

Orchestrating Duxford’s 17 Spitfire Salute

IWM Duxford’s Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Air Show in September 2015 featured a monumental 17 Spitfire finale. Brian Smith, the architect of the sequence and the formation leader, offers his impressions of planning and executing the routine. Read more