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“The Grace Spitfire & more..”

GRAHAM HURLEY – TV Producer and Novelist

Graham Hurley gives an account of his life-long love affair with flying.  This epic begins with his dad, a Navigator on Beaufighters during the Second World War and takes in his first experiences of flying – de Haviland Rapide, Vickers Viking, DC3, de Haviland Dove (flown by ex ATA jockeyess Jackie Moggeridge about whom Graham was to later make a film). Then his plunge into TV with The Perfect Lady – the story of Nick Grace’s Spitfire Mk 9 rebuild, Going Solo – his widow, Carolyn’s battle to learn to fly the beast after his death – plus a host of ITV documentaries, one of which – When the Shooting Starts – found him in the rear seat of a Jaguar at zero feet and 600 mph in snow clouds over the Ruhr.  Then the inside story on the Royal International Air Tattoo – the brain child of a very good friend of his, and then the biggest train set in the world – and finally the commitment of his love affair to the page in the shape of a succession of novels.

Graham will bring discounted copies of Aurore and Permissable Limits, which features a Bomber Command crew and they will be for sale after the talk.

The AEROCLUB talk starts at 19.30. Please contact Jay on 01208 821419 if you would like to book a pre talk meal (18.00 onwards), from Diner 31.

Pete White, AEROCLUB, 01752 406660 or 07805 805679 or pete@aeronca.co.uk

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