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

"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 Others let him fly a tremendous range of historic aeroplanes, many of them no longer active but remembered with great fondness.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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