AEROPLANE meets KEITH SKILLING

Flying DC-3s and Bristol Freighters gave this New Zealander an excellent grounding in big pistons — but, even so, his warbird experiences have been exceptional

GAVIN CONROY

There have probably never been more warbird pilots, but few have actually flown in conflict zones. Most entrants to the scene now have civilian backgrounds, a contrast to the days when military experience generally held sway. A lot of those ex-service flyers came from the Cold War period, when they found themselves very much on the front line, but seldom in actual combat.

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