AEROPLANE MEETS... Mike Searle

Mike Searle flew the last airworthy Sunderland, he raced a Spitfire — and that’s just a fraction of this engineer and pilot’s wide experience on historic aeroplanes

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"Every single thing is about who you know”. That’s how Mike Searle sums up the opportunities he had in aviation — and, fortunately for him, he knew some fascinating people. Some, like a leading Grand Prix driver, enabled him to get going in business. Others let him fly a tremendous range of historic aeroplanes, many of them no longer active but remembered with great fondness. All, though, were an experience.

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