Tall Tails of The South Pacific

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This book about one pilot’s aviation career includes flying Boeing 737s across vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean to former wartime battlefields in Micronesia, Guadalcanal and the Gilbert Islands. His 18 years with the Royal Australian Air Force includes experience on the P51 Mustang, Sea Fury, the twin boomed Vampire jet fighter, and the four-engined Avro Lincoln heavy bomber. Each of the thoroughly entertaining stories conveys the author’s love of flying from the time he first began in 1951. One chapter recounts his school boy recollections of great air battles between German and British fighters during the Battle of Britain. Another deals with grim tasks during aircraft accident investigations, both while in the RAAF and as a civil pilot.
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  • By quinnyfly_42
    Apr 14, 2010
    "Tall Tails of the South Pacific by John Laming" Reviewed by Steve Quinn Here is a book commended as a “must read” by all accounts. John’s experience is both vast and expansive, reigning from his early days in the RAAF, to Civil GA and the Airlines. He gives us an anthology of his aviation stories and some very insightful information regarding the tried and true faithful art of “Airmanship”. His stories cover many aspects of early RAAF training, from flying and instructing on tiger moths, wirraways, mustangs and lincoln bombers, including some daring and scary moments while instructing night circuits in the long nose Lincoln. These true stories are met with intrigue and humour as he conveys his wit and wisdom recounting the many fortunate and unfortunate tales of aviation history surrounding his epic and long standing career. To his merit he provides some valued and incredibly concise portraits of past air accidents and the investigations that followed, where he recalls on... More > his own experience and offers alternative explanations possibly missed by the contemporary ideas of the time. His experience as an aviation writer and professional airline pilot all come to light through the many pages of his book giving the reader an immersive and entertaining insight into the world of aviation and its many misgivings. He is a truly accomplished aviator with over 23,500 hours of experience, and currently holds a grade 1 instructor rating along with an ATPL, and is also endorsed as a B737 instructor for IFR rating tests. He also writes a myriad of aviation articles published by many magazines and regular columns. I have personally flown with John in the 737 simulator; he is regarded as a legend in the 737 world, and is gifted with some of the best instructional ability I have ever seen. His kind and modest nature allows you to relax and settle into the cockpit as though you have been before. This sense is echoed throughout his book, which is quite rightly a hard one to put down. I must declare how much I personally enjoyed the last section relating to VASIS and the many visual imperceptions that are possible associated with different weather phenomena. For the budding airline pilot, John Laming AFC, has produced an exciting and informative anthology full of pertinent extracts from years of line flying coated with a humorous look at the many tales and tribulations that go with it. Like many of John Laming’s articles, he has produced a sensational read.< Less
  • By John Laming
    Oct 9, 2009
    "Tall Tails of The South Pacific by John Laming" Reviewed by Macarthur Job, AOM This highly readable anthology by John Laming reflects his colourful life experiences from schoolboy years in England during WW2, to those of a senior airline pilot, operating Boeing 737's throughout the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Laming's name is well known to Australian readers (and indeed to some overseas) as the author of numerous entertaining and instructive aviation magazines articles. Within the aviation industry itself, he is also known today as a simulator instructor par excellence, with a wealth of experience as an international jet pilot, and as a former RAAF pilot and flying instructor on heavy aircraft. He is a fount of that good old-fashioned flying wisdom which, in less politically correct times, was universally known as "airmanship". Brought up by relatives in a Kentish village while his father was serving in WW2, he has vivid memories of British and German aircraft... More > wheeling overhead as they fought out the Battle of Britain, and of accompanying his uncle at various times on Volunteer Air Observer Corps duties in south-eastern England's lush countryside. These experiences doubtless did much to stimulate a passion for a lifetime involvement with flying. Migrating to Australia as a teenager after the war, his first job on leaving school was with the Herald Flying Services at Camden Airport, southwest of Sydney. A subsidiary of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper where his father was now a journalist, the company's function was daily to fly bundles of newspapers to various centres in the State in the ex-RAAF DC-3's and Lockheed Hudsons, dropping them from the air at low level. The young Laming's duties included basic maintenance, laying flares along the runway for early morning take-offs in the dark, loading and dispatching aircraft, and other general jobs, including occasional flights. But it was enough to fan the flames of his interest into a burning desire to become a pilot. Three years later, when he could afford it, he began flying training at Sydney's Bankstown Airport in ex-RAAF Tiger Moths. Several months afterwards, real opportunity knocked when the RAAF began recruiting new aircrew. To his great joy he was accepted for pilot training. It marked the beginning of a long, and fascinating flying career covering many categories of aircraft - from high performance fighters to heavy bombers, VIP transports, and airline jets. Tall Tails of The South Pacific offers a highly entertaining cross-section of those varied experiences, often with under-stated humour and a keen understanding of the frailties and quirks of human nature. It also provides a behind-the-scenes look at the diverse human processes and idiosyncrasies that despite all, enable the armed services and the airlines to operate seemingly efficiently. For all interested in aircraft and flying, it is a book not to be missed.< Less
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John Laming
October 1, 2011
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