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Rescue Pilot: Cheating the Sea by [Grayson, Jerry]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4179 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472917936
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles; 1 edition (12 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T00UCWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Very well written and very enjoyable read. I am really looking forward to reading the next book. 5 out of 5
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The Making of the Man

As I have lived below the helicopter flight path from RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall, on the Helford River, for forty-five years, my ears pricked up when I heard Jerry Grayson chatting about this book in BBC Radio 4 last week. Even more so, when he referred to his role in the rescue of so many yachtsmen from the Fastnet Race, in August 1979. One click from amazon, and this impressive memoir of Jerry Grayson AFC’s flying career was winging its way to me. I chose the hardback so as to enjoy the photos, and to be able to lend it to the friends I immediately knew would also be interested. These include men who served with him, as we got to know several of the names he mentioned when they were all ‘aboard’ HMS Seahawk.

The whole collection of tales are truly thrilling but what stands out a mile is the early maturity and rapid rise (!) of a 17 year old entrant to the Royal Navy who knew, that above all, he wanted to fly. The way he was taught and his aptitude for learning every lesson so well that he could recall advice decades later, shows him to be an exceptionally strong character, one well worth getting to know.

At first I felt I had strayed too far into macho territory as the beginning of the book is thick with detail of ‘airframes’, the various familiar breeds of helicopter, and their flying requirements, so much so that I almost felt I could start up, fly and land one myself, maybe even with one wheel on a rock! The exercises I have watched them carry out over the years, on the coast around here, and at the much attended Air Day, began to make more sense and I was grateful to be able to understand more of their training and roles.
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This book and story of this pilot's life so far is fabulous!
Filled with many of his adventures and written in a way that you picture yourself right there with him. A terrific read.
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As an ex-Royal Navy helicopter pilot just a couple of years earlier than the author I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the excitement of that life. Well written and a joy to read.
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fascinating look at a group of real life heroes
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