Aeroplane meets Steve Jones

It was no surprise when this outstanding aviator took so readily to warbird flying — his aerobatic and Red Bull Air Race experience helped see to that. But so did a deep appreciation of vintage aeroplanes

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Versatility is a valuable quality for an historic aircraft pilot. You often have to remain current on a variety of mounts, for successive weekends — maybe even successive days, or multiple slots in the same show — will habitually see you at the controls of different aeroplanes, each with their own characteristics and foibles. The ability to make the switch safely and seamlessly is something that builds with time and experience, but is never to be taken for granted. And a good grounding in aviation’s grass roots, learning the trade and developing essential skills, is irreplaceable.

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