Aeroplane meets… Doug Rozendaal

It’s not just flying different aircraft that means a lot to this top US warbird pilot, but the people involved, too


Become involved in historic aeroplanes for any length of time, and you’re bound to cross paths with more than a few interesting individuals. Along with everything the operation of the aircraft themselves brings, those human connections can often be a big part of what makes the inevitable trials and tribulations worthwhile. Maybe they’ll be veterans and their relatives, perhaps fellow pilots and crew members, or indeed members of the public. Some of the encounters may be specially organised, others matters of chance. What they all have in common is the richness they afford to the whole experience.

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