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Paul Tremelling was just seven years old when he watched the Royal Navy’s Sea Harriers leave their home base in Somerset to do battle against the Argentine Air Force in the Falklands War. Two decades later he would join this exclusive club, one of an elite band of Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots, charged with standing in the way of Her Majesty’s enemies. This is the story of what it takes to make it in the dog-eat-dog arena of fighter combat.

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Discover the exhilarating first-hand account of one man’s white-knuckle life as a fighter pilot with the Royal Navy Sea Harriers

‘Searingly honest, keenly observed, well written and extremely funny’ RAF NEWS

‘Puts you in the cockpit for carrier landings, missile firings and some of the most intense close air support stories imaginable’ MIKE SUTTON

Few have what it takes to be a fighter pilot. From the cockpit to the crew room, the pressure is relentless. One mistake is the difference between life and death. But in the air, you’ll never feel more alive . . .

Paul Tremelling knows this better than anyone. With nearly 20 years of experience, he puts you in the pilot’s seat in this thrilling first-hand account of a life in combat.

From saving the lives of heroes under fire in Afghanistan, to performing a night trap on a pitching aircraft carrier deck, this is life as you’ve never experienced it before.

Strap in, it’s time for take-off . . .

‘An outstanding first-hand account from inside the cockpit, told with flair and humour’ JOHNNY MERCER MP, author of We Were Warriors

‘The storytelling wouldn’t be out of place in a thriller. If you are going to take one book on holiday it has to be Harrier . . . it’s a superb read. You won’t be able to put it down’ Aerospace

‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know . . . Tremelling lights the burners in an extraordinary memoir that leaves most military memoirs sitting behind in the hangar’ JAMES BRABAZON, author of My Friend the Mercenary

‘This isn’t a book for the faint-hearted. It is a book for anyone who appreciates insight into how a fighter pilot trains, trains more, thinks (fast), handles the aircraft and onboard tech . . . then fights’ FLYER

‘Tremmers puts you in the cockpit for carrier landings, missile firings and some of the most intense close air support sorties imaginable. Insightful, laced with humour, and highly recommended’ MIKE SUTTON, author of Typhoon

‘An inspiring, enlightening and thrilling insight into how modern aviators earn their pay. The stories from Afghanistan alone are justification enough to read this brilliant book. A masterpiece’ PAUL BEAVER, author of Spitfire People

‘A memoir that reads like a fast-paced thriller. Harrier launches straight onto the classics shelf of aviation literature’ JOHN TEMPLETON SMITH, author of White Lie

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Weight 0.283 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13 × 2.1 cm






v, 357 , 16 unnumbered of plates




358.43092 (edition:23)


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