Rescue Pilot: Cheating the Sea

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 10 Mar 2016
Jerry Grayson is an ordinary man who chose an extraordinary career. At age 17 he became the youngest helicopter pilot to ever serve in the Royal Navy. By age 25 he was the most decorated peacetime naval pilot in history. For the Navy's Search and Rescue pilots, getting to work is both an adventure and an ordeal. Whether rescuing a wounded fighter pilot who has ditched in the sea, saving desperate survivors from a sinking ship, or picking up a grievously ill crewman from the deck of a nuclear-armed submarine that is playing a cat-and-mouse game with the Soviet navy, Jerry Grayson has lived a life of unparalleled excitement and adventure. His finest hour came during the infamous Fastnet Yacht Race of 1979 in which 25 yachts were lost. When a catastrophic storm enveloped the competitors he and his crew pushed their Wessex helicopter to its absolute limits and put their own lives at risk, flying into hurricane-force winds to winch shipwrecked sailors from heaving tempestuous seas. An investiture at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen was the result. Being a Rescue Pilot is a fast-paced career because there is no choice. Lives are at stake and pilots must move and think fast. Jerry Grayson's inside view of this heroic service is as inspirational as it is celebratory. Excitingly told, frequently funny but also very poignant, Jerry's story is not an account of just one man's deeds, it is a salute to all the men and women he worked with who were able to turn tragedies into triumphs.Includes a Foreword by HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm.
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ISBN-13: 9781472917942
ISBN-10: 1472917944
Pagini: 240
Ilustrații: 8pp plate section
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.19 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Adlard Coles
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


The other side of the story to our award-winning bestseller Left for Dead by Nick Ward (45,000 copies sold, winner of The Times Sports Book of the Year 2007, shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2007)

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Jerry Grayson served in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm for 8 years, in the course of which he was presented with the Air Force Cross by the Queen for outstanding gallantry in search and rescue. Since leaving the Navy he has become one of the film industry's leading helicopter pilots, designing and shooting aerial action sequences for James Bond films as well as hundreds of commercials and footage for documentaries. He now lives in Australia.


Interesting to read a different viewpoint of that tragic Fastnet Race. Grayson's recollection is moving: it reads like a roll-call of terror.
Grayson's intimate reminiscence unlocks the secrets to a rich life.
His stories are riveting, astounding and sometimes hilarious... Readers can take vicarious pride in those with the skill and passion to risk their lives for strangers in trouble.
Through the frequently funny accounts of each rescue, Jerry gives an understanding of how it's often the teamwork and mateship that results in another life saved while pitting a large helicopter against the power of the seas.