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Eject! Eject!

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He devised and presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life changing experiences. For me , the amount of technical information was just about right and it was great reading about one of our leading edge companies that develops fabulous products that are sold at home and abroad. The fact that he’d never designed or built a plane and had never even flown did not seem to deter him.

In the wake of the war, that technological race to save aircrew lives using explosive seats continued at an incredible pace. He apparently kept them in the fridge at his factory, “causing those looking for milk during tea breaks no little distress”.He has written for The Times, The Mail on Sunday and The Observer and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs. Nichol tells the remarkable tale of how the ejection seat was first conceived during the Second World War as countless lives were lost in accidents and in battle. Packed with interviews with aircrew who know exactly how it feels to 'Bang Out' from an aircraft at high speed, both in peace and in war, the book gives the reader a vivid sense of what that life-saving experience feels like, but also features the moving accounts of what happens next, from the viewpoint of both the crews and their families, who often have little or no information about whether or not their loved ones have survived. John is the best-selling author of Tornado Down, five novels, and the highly acclaimed WWII history books, The Last Escape, Tail-End Charlies and Home Run. During 15 years service in the Royal Air Force John Nichol served as a technician and, after being commissioned from the ranks, as a Tornado Navigator in both the Air Defence and Ground Attack roles.

As the author has had to be diplomatic in some areas, feelings run deep and memories are long, the book has a feel of 'now it can be told' just not completely. Without doubt by its very nature there must be a constant battle between aircraft/missile performance and the safe deliverance of aircrew from an aircraft that is too fast, fatally compromised, too low, spinning too much, taking cannon shells or is on fire and for this reason no doubt work will continue.

He has served around the world from the Nevada Desert to the Middle East and Norway to the Falkland Islands. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

before Monday 22nd May to be entered into The Tornado Lottery, a chance to win a colour printed large-format 4 x 6 feet banner of John Nichol's previous book 'Tornado'.This may result in small marks to the dustjacket and title page, please also bear in mind that each signature will be a little different from the one we show here. The tales they told about, of course, being lucky to be alive were accompanied by lifelong disability and regrets like the poor young woman who would have loved to have been able to wear a skirt and a nice blouse - an option forever lost to her. As with his previous books, there are some less pleasant aspects of the story that some could be tempted to ‘sweeten’, or even brush over altogether, but it seems that due respect was given to the important part played by the not so pleasant aspects of the story, which is refreshing.

charts the astonishing and deeply moving story of military medics from the WW2 beaches of Dunkirk to the desert towns of Afghanistan today. I’ve read much of the author’s work, and while not wanting to discredit his earlier productions in any way, his more recent books have really stepped up to the next level as his writing style has evolved. No one would ever want to have to use an ejection seat, but thank goodness some people have – and have lived to tell the tale. When Jo Lancaster, the first British pilot to eject in an emergency, triggered his ejection seat in 1949, it took thirty seconds before he was safely away from the aircraft and under his parachute. I especially liked the way several airmen’s and navigator’s stories were interwoven through the book as it progressed.

Lastly, as I began the book I thought that this would make for an excellent recommendation for my friend’s son-in-law who flies off an American carrier and is due home on leave at Christmas.

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