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Musings on the worlds of aviation, military and international affairs.


With reviews of books that cover these topics

A mis-spent adulthood as a teenage scribbler was just a means of appearing to while away a few daytime hours, whilst my head was really in the clouds. A serial creator and destroyer of Airfix kits whilst I was ankle high to a Lancaster's wheel, I learned to glide as soon as I could. A year later Her Majesty raided the corgi fund, and kindly paid for me to learn to fly aircraft with engines in them. I have been flying ever since.


My interest in things military was heightened when someone dear to me (SODtm) was sent to a sandy place to do certain things for Queen & Country. Which rather focusses the mind on why and whether we should imperil the lives of our youth.

I am trustee of 2 aviation charities, a member of the GB flying team in my aviation sport of precision & rally flying, and a member of the Council of the Royal Aero Club. I am a member of The Biographers' Club.


Apart from aviating and writing, I am a very active private investor, and  try to spend as much time as possible each winter skiiing.  Sailing, music, motor sport and books soak up any spare time.


I also give talks on the Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce, heroine of my latest book. Should you wish to hire me for such a talk, please use the email address at left.



& Bullets


Paul Smiddy



Hawk in flight 2
Over the Channel Dec2009
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