Let us introduce ourselves.
Patrick Smart :
The reason I took this challenge on is my dad was a former Pilot officer in the second world war flying heavy bombers with 158 squadron and 640 squadron earning a DFC and two green endorsements. He always praised the Bristol Hercules engines, as he said they always got us home.
I have been flying since the age of 16 , I joined the RAF to fly fast jets culminating in the Tornado F3. I now fly as a Captain with Virgin Atlantic Airways flying the Airbus A340-600. I am a true petrol head and a very keen machinist and just admire the skill of the engineers who produced such works of art like the Bristol Hercules , there were no CNC machines back then!