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A fun and entertaining new podcast aimed at anyone with an interest in flying and aviation.

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A fun and entertaining new podcast aimed at anyone with an interest in flying and aviation.

    Episode Five [Full Flaps] Interview with Hunter Pilot Flt Lt Alan Pollock

    Episode Five [Full Flaps] Interview with Hunter Pilot Flt Lt Alan Pollock

    This week's special guest created his own legendary moment in April 1968, when he flew his Hawker Hunter fighter jet through Tower Bridge in London. Flt Lt Alan Pollock of No1 Sqn RAF, was incensed that as defence cuts bit ever harder, the RAF was denied a flypast to mark its 50th anniversary. So Pollock decided to let the Government of the day know just how he, and many others felt, by buzzing Westminster before heading off down the Thames at zero feet and about 400 miles an hour. It’s an extraordinary story, and his various capers during his time with the RAF are the stuff of legend. Needless to say Alan is a most engaging character. 

    • 51 min
    Episode Five - Aviation's Most Audacious Feats and the Hawker Hunter

    Episode Five - Aviation's Most Audacious Feats and the Hawker Hunter

    Every so often our imaginations are fired by someone doing something extraordinary, something so audacious that it’s cemented into folklore. Our latest podcast, ‘Aviation’s Most Audacious Feats’ touches on some of the most outrageous escapades ever to unfold, from the fearless wingwalker of the 1920s who changed an aircraft’s wheel in mid-air, to the brilliant and heroic life-saving exploits of a Royal Navy helicopter crew in the Falklands Conflict. Some of the stories had us spellbound, while others had us rolling around with laughter. Our special guest managed to do both those things, by telling us how he created his own legendary moment in April 1968, when he flew his Hawker Hunter fighter jet through Tower Bridge in London. Flt Lt Alan Pollock of No1 Sqn RAF, was incensed that as defence cuts bit ever harder, the RAF was denied a flypast to mark its 50th anniversary. So Pollock decided to let the Government of the day know just how he, and many others felt, by buzzing Westminster before heading off down the Thames at zero feet and about 400 miles an hour. It’s an extraordinary story, and his various capers during his time with the RAF are the stuff of legend. Needless to say Alan is a most engaging character. This episode runs a little longer than usual, but we hope you’ll forgive us, it’s just that the stories were too good to cut. So be amazed and be amused in equal measure. And remember Alan Pollock’s full interview will be available a week after our main episode drops.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode Four [Full Flaps - PART DEUX!] - Part Deux of our interview with Ex Red Arrow, Sqn Ldr Dave 'DT' Thomas.

    Episode Four [Full Flaps - PART DEUX!] - Part Deux of our interview with Ex Red Arrow, Sqn Ldr Dave 'DT' Thomas.

    Last week we left you on a cliffhanger! This week Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas reveals all! After joining the Royal Air Force in 1988 as an Airman - Dave progressed to Pilot and joined the Reds from the Harrier Force – where he had excelled as a Qualified Weapons Instructor. Dave joined the Red Arrows in 2001 as Red 2 (The easy side!) and then progressed to Synchro Pair (Red 7) and then finally Synchro Lead – Red 6 – in the 2004 Season. In our interview he chats to the whole Top Landing Gear team all about a tour with the Red Arrows - including selection, the work up, displays, World tours, what happens when things go off plan and finally leaving the team after his final display.This is the second part of our interview from last week. Please like, share, subsume and rate if you have enjoyed it. We would love to hear from you. 

    • 51 min
    Episode Four [Full Flaps - PART ONE] – Red Arrows - Interview with Sqn Ldr Dave “DT” Thomas - Ex Red Arrow Synchro Lead

    Episode Four [Full Flaps - PART ONE] – Red Arrows - Interview with Sqn Ldr Dave “DT” Thomas - Ex Red Arrow Synchro Lead

    On this extended Full Flaps edition we are absolutely thrilled to be chatting to Ex Red Arrow, Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas.  Dave joined the Red Arrows in 2001 as Red 2 (The easy side!) and then progressed to Synchro Pair (Red 7) and then finally Synchro Lead – Red 6 – in the 2004 Season!After joining the Royal Air Force in 1988 as an Airman - Dave progressed to Pilot and joined the Reds from the Harrier Force – where he had excelled as a Qualified Weapons Instructor – undertaking Reds selection in 2001.  In our interview he chats to the whole Top Landing Gear team all about a tour with the Red Arrows - including selection, the work up, displays, World tours, what happens when things go off plan and finally leaving the team after his final display.The interview is so compelling we have split it into two parts.

    • 37 min
    Episode Four - The Red Arrows

    Episode Four - The Red Arrows

    Welcome to episode four of Top Landing Gear where we are featuring the top national aerobatic team in the world (well we think so anyway...) The Red Arrows. We'll be joined by former synchro pair leader Squadron Leader Dave Thomas who talks about his time with the Reds and explains what it takes to become a member of this elite squad and how they fly some of those jaw dropping stunts. Look out for his full (flaps) interview next week. 

    • 38 min
    Episode Three [Full Flaps] - Interview with Major George 'Smokey" Bacon MBE - Display pilot and Airshow organiser & commentator,

    Episode Three [Full Flaps] - Interview with Major George 'Smokey" Bacon MBE - Display pilot and Airshow organiser & commentator,

    We are delighted to have with us this week a man who certainly knows his way around an airshow. Not only is he a display pilot with the Army Air Corp Historic Flight and Chairman of the Historic Aircraft Flight he is also CEO of the British Airshow Display Association AND The Voice of numerous airshows up and down the county. With over 4000 hours on more than 20 different aircraft the Top Landing Team chat with airshow legend George 'Smokey' Bacon.  

    • 59 min

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