From Night Flak to Hijack: It's a Small World

This is the autobiography of Reginald Levy, a British pilot who reached a complete of 25,090 flying hours in over forty years of civil, army, and advertisement aviation. He recounts his education and army operations as an RAF pilot throughout the moment international conflict. He flies forty four different types of plane among 1941 and 1981. he's taking half within the Berlin Airlift, and in 1952 joins Sabena airline. In 1972, he's hijacked through Black September terrorists, and performs a heroic half due to his professionalism and coaching. not just does the booklet provide an perception into the hardships and camaraderie of the warfare and of the chilly battle, it additionally provides a first-hand record of a Palestinian terrorist try out. of the Israeli commandos who freed the hostages might cross directly to turn into major Ministers of Israel—Barak and Netenyahu! The epilogue is equipped by means of his youngest grandson.

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Our youngest son, Anthony and their youngest son, Barry grew up jointly, have been a similar age and have been inseparable. Anthony himself got here down for a vacation yet wasn’t particularly chuffed because the warmth used to be an excessive amount of for him. The mynah birds at Shane took a specific dislike to him and used to dive bomb him as he walked round the pool. Derek and Jenny have been a great deal concerned with the South African theatre and we went to many performs and after the exhibit events with them, assembly some of the celebrities together with, particularly, Rex Garner, by way of then the Grand outdated guy of the South African level. Time glided by in a short time. We had a good social existence and the open air lifestyles was once very good. We loved our golfing at Houghton and in addition on the Wanderers membership which had consistently prolonged its club to the Sabena crews preventing over at Johannesburg. the price of residing was once definitively under that of Europe. We had servants, after all, yet chanced on that we have been aiding their households in addition to the individual hired through us. previous, on a by no means to be forgotten evening, our golden cocker spaniel, Rika, had given delivery to domestic dogs. We had taken her to be mated to a prize successful cocker spaniel past within the yr. at the evening in query we had an excellent poker institution occurring with our lifelong buddies, Louie and Tony. Their son and his kin have been dwelling in Johannesburg and Louie and Tony have been traveling them. We have been the best of neighbors from our early days in Belgium the place Tony were dwelling considering he was once a toddler and we had confirmed the poker institution regimen there. Louie’s brother, Tom Roper, and his spouse, Dorothy, have been fellow avid gamers; Louie and Tony’s daughter and her husband made up the college and we might meet approximately as soon as a month to have dinner on the condo of 1 folks after which continue to get right down to enterprise. It used to be a really light-hearted university. Tony was once the one who insisted we play ‘serious poker’ yet he was once continually speedy overruled and ‘Roodles’, the place all types of video games with quite a few wild playing cards, turned the order of the day and ‘Dealer’s selection’ made yes that everybody bought their favorite video game. The stakes have been continually average however the online game may cross on until eventually the early hours of the morning and this was once the case that evening in Houghton. Linda was once staying with us and she or he got here in to the room the place we have been taking part in and excitedly advised us that Rika was once acting. From then on in the course of the evening, she could burst in with the scoop that there has been ‘another one’. there have been six interruptions to our online game. We had no goal of preserving any of the pups and we fast discovered houses for them yet Feeka persuaded us to maintain one, a beautiful little black and tan, that she briskly named Tansy. Our purely past vacation because the hijack have been while I had weeks go away as a result of me. I had renewed acquaintanceship with Raymond and Ron who were so valuable whilst Linda was once injured in Entebbe. Raymond was once now Station supervisor at Johannesburg and Ron was once revenues Director for South Africa. I requested Ron what the possibilities have been of having me a flight with Dora to Hong Kong.

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