About the Author
Nick Meikle was born and brought up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where he has spent most of his life. Prior to pursuing his passion of flying, he attained a university degree, majoring in history. His very satisfying career in aviation has spanned sixteen years in the air forces of Rhodesia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well a similar amount in the airline industry flying heavy jet freighters around the world. Today, he is enjoys the more sedate pace of guiding young airline pilots into the basics of their profession at a flight training school in Adelaide, Australia. A strong interest in the history of military aviation, particularly the Second World War and Vietnam, has been the platform for this book. Like so many youngsters of his generation who entered the world of aviation, Nick's dreams of flying were nurtured by the stirring stories of the Second World War RAF fighter pilots, especially those Spitfire pilots who helped defeat the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. Short of owning or flying a Spitfire, the next best thing was to write a story about one, bringing together Nick's passions for flying and history.