A Long and Winding Beat By Brian Allinson. Flying from another perspective. Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Aviation Somerset RNAS Yeovil

A Long and Winding Beat By Brian Allinson. Flying from another perspective.

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The same skills, but flying very different missions. An interesting insight into a very different flying career.

The book charts the unusual life of the author from a young boy experiencing life 'below stairs' in a large country house, through his early education by the nanny of the household and later into secondary technical education. His first job in the early 1960's was with a Jaguar car dealership which led to a love of performance cars. A career change in the late 1960's saw him joining the police force in Somerset and experiencing the strict regime that existed in the force in those days. (He required the permission of the Chief Constable to get married!)

Early and regular promotion saw him rising through the ranks until he later retired as a Superintendent in 1998.

The book describes a number of unusual postings and experiences and in particular his first ever flight in an aeroplane in 1976. It was in a two seat jet fighter! That flight brought about a new fire in his lifestyle and became the cause of yet another turn in his career.

The development of Police Air Support became a passion, eventually leading to a second career as an International Police Air Support advisor. 

Finally an interest in local politics saw him elected as a local councillor 2001. He had the honour of Chairing South Gloucestershire Council in 2019 and will soon celebrate a total of 50 years in Public Service.


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