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Previous Editions

Top Landing Gear Full Flaps:
Pilot Episode - Concorde

We chat to ex-Concorde Captain John Hutchinson about life flying the supersonic airliner.  Listen in as he discusses what it was like to fly, how it actually flew and some hilarious stories of his celebrity passengers.  John also talks about landing a Boeing 707 on fire into Heathrow in 1968.
Top Landing Gear: The Pilot Edisode - Concorde

In our very first Episode we introduce our presenting team and then discuss the World's only supersonic passenger aircraft - Concorde. We look at how Rob turned down the chance to fly in it, how James knows very little about it and we listen as Jez recalls some completely incorrect facts before Roy tells us a flying related story about one of his worst ever dates with a young lady...

Previous Releases

Top Landing Gear Full Flaps:

Pilot Episode - Concorde

We chat to ex-Concorde Captain John Hutchinson about life flying the supersonic airliner.  Listen in as he discusses what it was like to fly, how it actually flew and some hilarious stories of his celebrity passengers.  John also talks about landing a Boeing 707 on fire into Heathrow in 1968

Top Landing Gear: The Pilot Edisode - Concorde

In our very first Episode we introduce our presenting team and then discuss the World's only supersonic passenger aircraft - Concorde. We look at how Rob turned down the chance to fly in it, how James knows very little about it and we listen as Jez recalls some completely incorrect facts before Roy tells us a flying related story about one of his worst ever dates with a young lady...

Series 1 Episode 1 - Spitfire

Join the team as we discuss this icon of the air.  We look at some fascinating Spitfire facts, there's an illuminating Spitfire quiz and our panellist Jez talks about his flight in one of these beautiful aircraft.  We also discuss pilots sleeping - will James stay awake long enough to answer questions in the quiz? Listen and find out!

Series 1 Episode 1 Full Flaps - Jim Schofield

The TLG team chat to Ex RAF test pilot Jim Schofield who is now Chief Pilot at the Boultbee Flight Academy - providing Spitfire flights and training from their base Goodwood Aerodrome.  Jim discusses what its like to operate the Spitfire, its advantages and its vices. He discusses which mark he considers the best and who would win in a fight between different variants.  We also hear a little about some of the other 100 aircraft types Jim has flown.

Top Landing Gear :
Series 1 Episode 1 - Spitfire

Join the team as we discuss this icon of the air.  We look at some fascinating Spitfire facts, there's an illuminating Spitfire quiz and our panellist Jez talks about his flight in one of these beautiful aircraft.  We also discuss pilots sleeping - will James stay awake long enough to answer questions in the quiz? Listen and find out!

Series 1 Episode 1 Full Flaps - Jim Schofield

The TLG team chat to Ex RAF test pilot Jim Schofield who is now Chief Pilot at the Boultbee Flight Academy - providing Spitfire flights and training from their base Goodwood Aerodrome.  Jim discusses what its like to operate the Spitfire, its advantages and its vices. He discusses which mark he considers the best and who would win in a fight between different variants.  We also hear a little about some of the other 100 aircraft types Jim has flown.

Series 1 Episode 1 Full Flaps - Jim Schofield

The TLG team chat to Ex RAF test pilot Jim Schofield who is now Chief Pilot at the Boultbee Flight Academy - providing Spitfire flights and training from their base Goodwood Aerodrome.  Jim discusses what its like to operate the Spitfire, its advantages and its vices. He discusses which mark he considers the best and who would win in a fight between different variants.  We also hear a little about some of the other 100 aircraft types Jim has flown.

Series 1 Episode 2 Full Flaps - Amanda J Harrison

Last year Amanda set out to retrace Amy’s epic journey in her De Havilland Tiger Moth. But Amanda’s story is about far more than taking on one of aviation’s greatest challenges. She has severe dyslexia, and a couple of years ago following the death of her father, Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer; both life changing events occurring in a cruelly short space of time. She decided that life was there to be lived, and that’s when she planned her epic flight. Amanda’s story will delight, enthral and uplift you. Hear her interview in full on Top Landing Gear, and be truly inspired.

Series 1 Episode 2 Full Flaps - Amanda J Harrison

The TLG team chat to Ex RAF test pilot Jim Schofield who is now Chief Pilot at the Boultbee Flight Academy - providing Spitfire flights and training from their base Goodwood Aerodrome.  Jim discusses what its like to operate the Spitfire, its advantages and its vices. He discusses which mark he considers the best and who would win in a fight between different variants.  We also hear a little about some of the other 100 aircraft types Jim has flown.

Series 1 Episode 2 - Amy Johnson

This week’s edition of TLG goes back in time 90 years to explore the story of one of the great aviation pioneers.  Join Rob, Roy, James and Jez for a look at the incredible Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo, and we mean solo, to Australia.  We find out about her aircraft the tiny Gipsy Moth, how she got into aviation and the remarkable tale of her journey from Croydon, South London to Darwin, Northern Australia. Discover the "Amy Wave" and why Roy has one, what Amy did during the war and the story of her mysterious demise.

Series 1 Episode 2 - Amy Johnson

This week’s edition of TLG goes back in time 90 years to explore the story of one of the great aviation pioneers.  Join Rob, Roy, James and Jez for a look at the incredible Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo, and we mean solo, to Australia.  We find out about her aircraft the tiny Gipsy Moth, how she got into aviation and the remarkable tale of her journey from Croydon, South London to Darwin, Northern Australia. Discover the "Amy Wave" and why Roy has one, what Amy did during the war and the story of her mysterious demise.
 Series 1 Episode 2 Full Flaps - Amanda J Harrison

Last year Amanda set out to retrace Amy’s epic journey in her De Havilland Tiger Moth. But Amanda’s story is about far more than taking on one of aviation’s greatest challenges. She has severe dyslexia, and a couple of years ago following the death of her father, Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer; both life changing events occurring in a cruelly short space of time. She decided that life was there to be lived, and that’s when she planned her epic flight. Amanda’s story will delight, enthral and uplift you. Hear her interview in full on Top Landing Gear, and be truly inspired.
Series 1 Episode 4 - The Red Arrows
 
In Episode Four of Top Landing Gear we  feature the top national aerobatic team in the world (well we think so anyway...) The Red Arrows. We discus their history, what the Reds mean to us and what Red Arrows shows we particulary remember.  We' are joined by former synchro pair leader Squadron Leader Dave Thomas who talks about his time with the Reds. - His full (flaps) interview features next week. 
Series 1 Episode 4 Full Flaps - Interview with Ex Red Arrow Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas Parts One and Deaux
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We chat to Ex Red Arrow, Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas.  Dave joined the Reds in 2001 as Red 2, he then progressed to Synchro Pair and then finally Synchro Lead in the 2004 Season  Dave progressed through the RAF from Airman to Pilot and joined the Reds from the Harrier Force in 2001.  In our interview he chats to the Top Landing Gear team about a tour with the Red Arrows - including selection, the work up, displays, World tours, what happens when things go off plan and finally leaving the team after his final display.   The interview is so compelling we have split it into two parts.
Series 1 Episode 3 - The Great British Airshow
 
Top Landing Gear discuss all things Airshows - despite current lockdown restrictions the team are really keen to visit an airshow - so we discuss all the aspects of putting a show together, the teams who participate and which airshow moments really stand-out!  We will 'Ask James' if he has ever taken part in an airshow and the quiz is a cornucopia of airshow intrigue.  We will also lookforward to our interview with historic flight team pilot and Chief Exec of the British Air Display Association - George 'Smokey' Bacon.
Series 1 Episode 3 Full Flaps - Interview with Major George 'Smokey" Bacon MBE - Display pilot and Airshow organiser & commentator

 

We are delighted to have with us this week a man who certainly knows his way around an airshow. Not only is he a display pilot with the Army Air Corp Historic Flight and Chairman of the Historic Aircraft Flight he is also CEO of the British Airshow Display Association AND The Voice of numerous airshows up and down the county. With over 4000 hours on more than 20 different aircraft the Top Landing Team chat with airshow legend George 'Smokey' Bacon.

Series 1 Episode 3 - The Great British Airshow

Top Landing Gear discuss all things Airshows - despite current lockdown restrictions the team are really keen to visit an airshow - so we discuss all the aspects of putting a show together, the teams who participate and which airshow moments really stand-out!  We will 'Ask James' if he has ever taken part in an airshow and the quiz is a cornucopia of airshow intrigue.  We will also lookforward to our interview with historic flight team pilot and Chief Exec of the British Air Display Association - George 'Smokey' Bacon..

Series 1 Episode 3 Full Flaps - Interview with Major George 'Smokey" Bacon MBE

We are delighted to have with us this week a man who certainly knows his way around an airshow. Not only is he a display pilot with the Army Air Corp Historic Flight and Chairman of the Historic Aircraft Flight he is also CEO of the British Airshow Display Association AND The Voice of numerous airshows up and down the county. With over 4000 hours on more than 20 different aircraft the Top Landing Team chat with airshow legend George 'Smokey' Bacon.

Series 1 Episode  4 - The Red Arrows

 

In Episode Four of Top Landing Gear we  feature the top national aerobatic team in the world (well we think so anyway...) The Red Arrows. We discus their history, what the Reds mean to us and what Red Arrows shows we particulary remember.  We' are joined by former synchro pair leader Squadron Leader Dave Thomas who talks about his time with the Reds. - His full (flaps) interview features next week. 

Series 1 Episode 4 Full Flaps - Interview with Ex Red Arrow Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas Parts One and Deaux

 

We chat to Ex Red Arrow, Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas.  Dave joined the Reds in 2001 as Red 2, he then progressed to Synchro Pair and then finally Synchro Lead in the 2004 Season  Dave progressed through the RAF from Airman to Pilot and joined the Reds from the Harrier Force in 2001.  In our interview he chats to the Top Landing Gear team about a tour with the Red Arrows - including selection, the work up, displays, World tours, what happens when things go off plan and finally leaving the team after his final display.   The interview is so compelling we have split it into two parts.

 Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!
Series 1 Episode 5 - Full Flaps - Interview with Flt Lt Alan Pollock

This week's special guest created his own legendary moment in April 1968, when he flew his Hawker Hunter fighter jet through Tower Bridge in London. Flt Lt Alan Pollock of No1 Sqn was incensed with defence cuts and that, the RAF was denied a flypast to mark its 50th anniversary. So Pollock decided to let the Government know how he, and many others felt, by buzzing Westminster before heading off down the Thames at about 400 mph. It’s an extraordinary story, and his various capers during his time with the RAF are the stuff of legend. Needless to say Alan is a most engaging character. 
Series 1 Episode 6 - Summer Special

What can we say? We missed you... And just couldn't wait for the start of Series Two before we talked again. So we got together to discuss recent aviation events including Virgin Galactic's plans for a new Mach 3 supersonic aircraft, the horrific 737-800 crash in Kerala and what we have planned for the Autumn... AND... No quiz!

 
Huge thanks to everyone who has listened and supported us this year. We have been astonished at the numbers of downloads this summer. See you in September for our Battle of Britain special.
Series 2 Episode 1 - The Battle of Britain

Top Landing Gear is back with series 2, kicking off with a momentous moment in history – The Battle of Britain.  2020 marks its 80th anniversary - the Battle of Britain not Top Landing Gear - and if there are any gaps in your BoB knowledge, then Jez’s ‘quick’ facts will fill in every detail. We’re delighted the aviation historian and Battle of Britain specialist Dilip Sarkar MBE has agreed to be our special guest; he’s written more about the Battle of Britain than any other person through first-hand accounts forged by his own friendships with ‘The Few’. We will also hear from some of those heroic pilots in person, including a Luftwaffe ME109 pilot.

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Full Flaps - Interview with Flt Lt Alan Pollock

This week's special guest created his own legendary moment in April 1968, when he flew his Hawker Hunter fighter jet through Tower Bridge in London. Flt Lt Alan Pollock of No1 Sqn was incensed with defence cuts and that, the RAF was denied a flypast to mark its 50th anniversary. So Pollock decided to let the Government know how he, and many others felt, by buzzing Westminster before heading off down the Thames at about 400 mph. It’s an extraordinary story, and his various capers during his time with the RAF are the stuff of legend. Needless to say Alan is a most engaging character. 

Series 1 Episode 6 - Summer Special

What can we say? We missed you... And just couldn't wait for the start of Series Two before we talked again. So we got together to discuss recent aviation events including Virgin Galactic's plans for a new Mach 3 supersonic aircraft, the horrific 737-800 crash in Kerala and what we have planned for the Autumn... AND... No quiz!

 

Huge thanks to everyone who has listened and supported us this year. We have been astonished at the numbers of downloads this summer. See you in September for our Battle of Britain special.

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 2 Episode 1 - Full Flaps

Interview with Dilip Sarkar MBE

Having been fascinated by the Second World War for a lifetime, Dilip Sarkar has been prolific in writing works focused on the Battle of Britain - particularly the human element of the stories.   He has become one of the World's authorities on this moment of history. 

Having written over 30 books on the subject and being honoured with an MBE for services to Aviation History it was said by Battle of Britain fighter ‘ace’ Wg Cdr George Unwin DSO DFM, ‘If you want to know anything about the Battle of Britain and the Few, don’t ask us, ask Dilip!

Series 2 Episode 1 - Full Flaps
Interview with Dilip Sarkar MBE

Having been fascinated by the Second World War for a lifetime, Dilip Sarkar has been prolific in writing works focused on the Battle of Britain - particularly the human element of the stories.   He has become one of the World's authorities on this moment of history. 
Having written over 30 books on the subject and being honoured with an MBE for services to Aviation History it was said by Battle of Britain fighter ‘ace’ Wg Cdr George Unwin DSO DFM, ‘If you want to know anything about the Battle of Britain and the Few, don’t ask us, ask Dilip!
Series 2 Episode 2
The Boeing 747 - Queen of The Skies
Jumbo Jet

The Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’ changed the face of air travel forever. But after 50 years of impeccable service the ‘Queen of The Skies’ is being hastily retired in favour of more economical jets. The 747 won the hearts of those who flew it and of its passengers, and there is universal sadness at its passing. Top Landing Gear pays tribute to this magnificent aircraft.
Our guest is David Williams, a Captain with Virgin Atlantic, who in 2014 was involved in a major incident when the 747-400 he was flying developed an unprecedented systems failure.
Series 2 Episode 2
FULL FLAPS - Interview with 747 pilot,
Captain David Williams

 

Here is our extended interview with David Williams, a Captain with Virgin Atlantic, who in 2014 was involved in a major incident when the 747-400 he was flying developed a systems failure resulting in only part of the landing gear locking down. David tells us in jaw-dropping detail how he fllew some extreme manoeuvres to rectify the problem and how he eventually nursed the aircraft back to Gatwick... what outcome awaited him, his crew and 447 passengers, one of whom was his own daughter. It’s a riveting account, never before told in such detail.
Series 2 Episode 3
The Sea Harrier
 
The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is one of the most iconic and most loved of all British aircraft. Entering service with the Royal Navy in 1980, the informally know ‘SHAR’ vertically took off into our hearts after its success in the Falklands conflict, where three squadrons of just 28 SHARS shot down 20 Argentine aircraft whilst defending the fleet and supporting the ground invasion. 
 
In this episode we talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White. His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War.

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 4 Full Flaps - Interview with Ex Red Arrow Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas Parts One and Deaux

 

We chat to Ex Red Arrow, Sqn Ldr Dave Thomas.  Dave joined the Reds in 2001 as Red 2, he then progressed to Synchro Pair and then finally Synchro Lead in the 2004 Season  Dave progressed through the RAF from Airman to Pilot and joined the Reds from the Harrier Force in 2001.  In our interview he chats to the Top Landing Gear team about a tour with the Red Arrows - including selection, the work up, displays, World tours, what happens when things go off plan and finally leaving the team after his final display.   The interview is so compelling we have split it into two parts.

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 6 - Summer Special

What can we say? We missed you... And just couldn't wait for the start of Series Two before we talked again. So we got together to discuss recent aviation events including Virgin Galactic's plans for a new Mach 3 supersonic aircraft, the horrific 737-800 crash in Kerala and what we have planned for the Autumn... AND... No quiz!

 

Huge thanks to everyone who has listened and supported us this year. We have been astonished at the numbers of downloads this summer. See you in September for our Battle of Britain special.

Series 1 Episode 3 - The Great British Airshow

Top Landing Gear discuss all things Airshows - despite current lockdown restrictions the team are really keen to visit an airshow - so we discuss all the aspects of putting a show together, the teams who participate and which airshow moments really stand-out!  We will 'Ask James' if he has ever taken part in an airshow and the quiz is a cornucopia of airshow intrigue.  We will also lookforward to our interview with historic flight team pilot and Chief Exec of the British Air Display Association - George 'Smokey' Bacon..

Series 1 Episode 3 - The Great British Airshow

Top Landing Gear discuss all things Airshows - despite current lockdown restrictions the team are really keen to visit an airshow - so we discuss all the aspects of putting a show together, the teams who participate and which airshow moments really stand-out!  We will 'Ask James' if he has ever taken part in an airshow and the quiz is a cornucopia of airshow intrigue.  We will also lookforward to our interview with historic flight team pilot and Chief Exec of the British Air Display Association - George 'Smokey' Bacon..

Series 1 Episode 3 - The Great British Airshow

Top Landing Gear discuss all things Airshows - despite current lockdown restrictions the team are really keen to visit an airshow - so we discuss all the aspects of putting a show together, the teams who participate and which airshow moments really stand-out!  We will 'Ask James' if he has ever taken part in an airshow and the quiz is a cornucopia of airshow intrigue.  We will also lookforward to our interview with historic flight team pilot and Chief Exec of the British Air Display Association - George 'Smokey' Bacon..

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 1 Episode 5 - Audacious Aviation & The Hawker Hunter

This episode sees us diususs some of history's most audatious aviation stunts.  We will be looking at our own favourite daring flights and be concentrating on Flt Lt Alan Pollock's flight over London and through Tower Bridge in 1968.  We wil also chat about the Hawker Hunter - the beautiful aircraft that Flt Lt Pollock was flying when he 'shot the bridge' - and we'll hear from the man himself in excerpts from our full interview - coming soon!

Series 2 Episode 1 - The Battle of Britain

Top Landing Gear is back with series 2, kicking off with a momentous moment in history – The Battle of Britain.  2020 marks its 80th anniversary - the Battle of Britain not Top Landing Gear - and if there are any gaps in your BoB knowledge, then Jez’s ‘quick’ facts will fill in every detail. We’re delighted the aviation historian and Battle of Britain specialist Dilip Sarkar MBE has agreed to be our special guest; he’s written more about the Battle of Britain than any other person through first-hand accounts forged by his own friendships with ‘The Few’. We will also hear from some of those heroic pilots in person, including a Luftwaffe ME109 pilot.

Series 2 Episode 2

The Boeing 747 - Queen of The Skies
Jumbo Jet

The Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’ changed the face of air travel forever. But after 50 years of impeccable service the ‘Queen of The Skies’ is being hastily retired in favour of more economical jets. The 747 won the hearts of those who flew it and of its passengers, and there is universal sadness at its passing. Top Landing Gear pays tribute to this magnificent aircraft.
Our guest is David Williams, a Captain with Virgin Atlantic, who in 2014 was involved in a major incident when the 747-400 he was flying developed an unprecedented systems failure.

Series 2 Episode 2
FULL FLAPS - Interview with 747 pilot,
Captain David Williams

 

Here is our extended interview with David Williams, a Captain with Virgin Atlantic, who in 2014 was involved in a major incident when the 747-400 he was flying developed a systems failure resulting in only part of the landing gear locking down. David tells us in jaw-dropping detail how he fllew some extreme manoeuvres to rectify the problem and how he eventually nursed the aircraft back to Gatwick... what outcome awaited him, his crew and 447 passengers, one of whom was his own daughter. It’s a riveting account, never before told in such detail.

Series 2 Episode 3
The Sea Harrier

 

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is one of the most iconic and most loved of all British aircraft. Entering service with the Royal Navy in 1980, the informally know ‘SHAR’ vertically took off into our hearts after its success in the Falklands conflict, where three squadrons of just 28 SHARS shot down 20 Argentine aircraft whilst defending the fleet and supporting the ground invasion. 

 

In this episode we talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White. His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War.

Series 2 Episode 3 - Full Flaps
Rowland White - Author of "Harrier 809"

 

We talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White.His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, and tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War. Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet's knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane. It is available in hardback, ebook and audiobook. www.rowlandwhite.com
Series 2 Episode 4
The Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race

 

This week we’re turning the clock back to 1969, a hugely significant year for aviation and aerospace, but it was also the year of the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race, probably one of the last great aviation adventures.  The race was between the top of the Post Office Tower in London (now the BT Tower), and the top of the Empire State building in New York, in either direction. The fastest crossing of all was achieved by an Observer in a Royal Navy Phantom, and he is our very special guest. Lieutenant Commander Peter Goddard’. Also all our usual features: Ask James, Jez’s Quick Facts - all about the Air Race, and of course the highlight of every episode – The Top Landing Gear Quiz.
Series 2 Episode 4 - Full Flaps
Capt Peter Goddard RN - Winner of the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race
 
This week's FULL FLAPS unedited interview is with the WINNER of the 1969 Daily Mail Air Race - Lieutenant Commander Peter Goddard. He tells us about his career in the Royal Navy and how he managed to get from the top of the Empire State Building to the top of the Post Office Tower in London (now the BT Tower) in 5hrs and 11 mins. Once you have listened to the Podcast search 'The First and the Fastest' on Youtube for a wonderful 20 minute documentary of the race from 1969. You will not be disappointed! 
Series 2 Episode 4 Full Flaps Special
Rolf Richardson - VC10 Pilot in the Daily Mail
Transatlantic Air Race
 
Pilot, writer, photographer and traveller, Rolf Richardson is our very special guest for this very special Full Flaps edition of Top Landing Gear. Rolf was a pilot in the Daily Mail Great Transatlantic Air Race, flying the mighty VC10 on the leg that took his brother-in-law - Peter Hammond towards a winning time in the sub-sonic category.  In our podcast Rolf tells us how he came to be there, his impressive flying history and about what he's been doing since the amazing days of the air race!

Series 2 Episode 3
The Sea Harrier

 

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is one of the most iconic and most loved of all British aircraft. Entering service with the Royal Navy in 1980, the informally know ‘SHAR’ vertically took off into our hearts after its success in the Falklands conflict, where three squadrons of just 28 SHARS shot down 20 Argentine aircraft whilst defending the fleet and supporting the ground invasion. 

 

In this episode we talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White. His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War.

Series 2 Episode 3
The Sea Harrier

 

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is one of the most iconic and most loved of all British aircraft. Entering service with the Royal Navy in 1980, the informally know ‘SHAR’ vertically took off into our hearts after its success in the Falklands conflict, where three squadrons of just 28 SHARS shot down 20 Argentine aircraft whilst defending the fleet and supporting the ground invasion. 

 

In this episode we talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White. His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War.

Series 2 Episode 3
The Sea Harrier

 

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is one of the most iconic and most loved of all British aircraft. Entering service with the Royal Navy in 1980, the informally know ‘SHAR’ vertically took off into our hearts after its success in the Falklands conflict, where three squadrons of just 28 SHARS shot down 20 Argentine aircraft whilst defending the fleet and supporting the ground invasion. 

 

In this episode we talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White. His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War.

Series 2 Episode 3 - Full Flaps - Interview with Rowland White

In this episode we talk to Aviation author and expert Rowland White. His fantastic new book  ‘Harrier 809’ is out now, and tells the untold story of 809 Squadron and the Falklands War. Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet's knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane. It is available in hardback, ebook and audiobook. www.rowlandwhite.com

Series 2 Episode 4
The Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race

 

This week we’re turning the clock back to 1969, a hugely significant year for aviation and aerospace, but it was also the year of the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race, probably one of the last great aviation adventures.  The race was between the top of the Post Office Tower in London (now the BT Tower), and the top of the Empire State building in New York, in either direction. The fastest crossing of all was achieved by an Observer in a Royal Navy Phantom, and he is our very special guest. Lieutenant Commander Peter Goddard’. Also all our usual features: Ask James, Jez’s Quick Facts - all about the Air Race, and of course the highlight of every episode – The Top Landing Gear Quiz.

Series 2 Episode 4 - Full Flaps
Capt Peter Goddard RN - Winner of the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race

 

This week's FULL FLAPS unedited interview is with the WINNER of the 1969 Daily Mail Air Race - Lieutenant Commander Peter Goddard. He tells us about his career in the Royal Navy and how he managed to get from the top of the Empire State Building to the top of the Post Office Tower in London (now the BT Tower) in 5hrs and 11 mins. Once you have listened to the Podcast search 'The First and the Fastest' on Youtube for a wonderful 20 minute documentary of the race from 1969. You will not be disappointed!

Series 2 Episode 4 Full Flaps Special
Rolf Richardson - VC10 Pilot in the Daily Mail

Transatlantic Air Race

 

Pilot, writer, photographer and traveller, Rolf Richardson is our very special guest for this very special Full Flaps edition of Top Landing Gear. Rolf was a pilot in the Daily Mail Great Transatlantic Air Race, flying the mighty VC10 on the leg that took his brother-in-law - Peter Hammond towards a winning time in the sub-sonic category.  In our podcast Rolf tells us how he came to be there, his impressive flying history and about what he's been doing since the amazing days of the air race!

Series 2 Episode 5
An RAF Fighter Pilots life during the Cold War
 
This edition of the Top Landing Gear podcast has an appropriately seasonal feel as we approach winter, its theme being the Cold War, which lasted from 1947 until 1991. The Cold War saw the rapid development of aviation beginning with concepts such as new wing designs and powerplants and ending with digitalised avionics and stealth technology. All this to gain the upper hand in the event of a hot war.Our guest was an RAF fast jet pilot during the height of the Cold War, and was also a test pilot, as a result of which he has flown almost every western cold war jet imaginable. He is Air Vice Marshal (retired) Graham Williamson, the most senior person by rank that we’ve ever had on the pod. His is a fascinating story, which he reflects on with great humour here and in his wonderfully entertaining and enlightening book ‘Rhapsody In Blue".

Series 2 Episode 5

A Fighter Pilot's life during the cold War

 

This edition of the Top Landing Gear podcast has an appropriately seasonal feel as we approach winter, its theme being the Cold War, which lasted from 1947 until 1991. The Cold War saw the rapid development of aviation beginning with concepts such as new wing designs and powerplants and ending with digitalised avionics and stealth technology. All this to gain the upper hand in the event of a hot war.Our guest was an RAF fast jet pilot during the height of the Cold War, and was also a test pilot, as a result of which he has flown almost every western cold war jet imaginable. He is Air Vice Marshal (retired) Graham Williamson, the most senior person by rank that we’ve ever had on the pod. His is a fascinating story, which he reflects on with great humour here and in his wonderfully entertaining and enlightening book ‘Rhapsody In Blue"