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Getting into warbirds, or flying in general, is daunting. Which training course to choose, Integrated or Modular; which school, which aircraft to fly, which ratings, costs, scholarships and much more. There is no guarantee of success, nor is there a scripted pathway that works for all. I am sharing my journey, the ups and the many downs, in the hope that it may interest, assist, or otherwise inspire others.

Going modular, afforded me the greatest privilege of all – to fly the Spitfire. Seven years from my first solo.

Getting into warbirds
Sam Worthington-Leese 26/03/2021

Getting into warbirds

Getting into warbirds might seem like an impossible dream, akin to being a Formula...

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Go Modular, fly a Spitfire
Sam Worthington-Leese 16/04/2021

Go Modular, fly a Spitfire

OK, so that title might not be 100% accurate or guaranteed, but, when setting…

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Geoffrey Wellum and First Light
Sam Worthington-Leese 26/03/2021

Geoffrey Wellum and First Light

“First Light” by Geoffrey Wellum was a book I read in 2006 on a...

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What’s it like to fly a:

Tiger Moth
Sam Worthington-Leese 26/03/2021

Tiger Moth

The first taildragger I flew was a Stampe SV4. To the untrained eye the...

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Harvard
Sam Worthington-Leese 16/04/2021

Harvard

Having spent a little bit of time on smaller taildraggers, such as the Tiger…

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Spitfire
Sam Worthington-Leese 17/04/2021

Spitfire

Flying a Spitfire is almost certainly the thing on the top of any pilot’s…

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