post. He is now 95 years of age and still is alert and active. The most accomplished Test Pilot in history, more hours flown, more miles flown, more aircraft tested, more firsts than any pilot in history and still a lovely soft spoken Scottish gentleman. In miles flown he has flown to the Moon and back 5 times.
He flew 14 different Marks of Spitfire from war's beginning to the post war era, (and pioneered deck landings with both the Hurricane and Spitfire) but all the Spitfires are recorded as a single type in that 487 different types of aircraft he flew. He also flew Helicopters, was the first man to land a jet on a carrier, was involved in the Miles M-52 Supersonic Jet programme which the Labour Government shut down at the end of 1945 because it was "too dangerous".
Very well worth a read.
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