The Ian Palmer Interviews, Part 4

The Ian Palmer Interviews, Part 4

In this, the final part of the Ian Palmer interviews we find out about another life threatening concern that Ian had to deal with and how it led to a wonderful relationship.

After my many years in the world of aviation there aren’t many people I have met who would be willing to open up their lives in the way that Ian has done.  In doing so my regard and respect for him has done nothing but grow.  Should anybody listening feel that they want to seek Ian out to ask for his help or advice then please contact him at Ian@ianpalmer.com

 

Brain surgery isn’t for the faint hearted but Ian, with typical understatement, tackled it head on!

 

Ian, back on the flight deck of his beloved Airbus A330.

 

Images with thanks to Ian Palmer.

The Ian Palmer Interviews, Part 2

The Ian Palmer Interviews, Part 2

In this, the second of the Ian Palmer interviews we continue with Ian’s story and he describes his move from a career in music to one in aviation.  We also find out how his condition of alcohol dependance starts to affect him.

 

Ian doing aerobatics in an Extra 300.

 

The unusual Piaggio P-180.

 

Ian meets the Iron Maiden drummer, Nicko McBrain.

 

Images with thanks to Ian Palmer and, under Creative Commons licence,Tibboh.

Homage to a Pilot

Homage to a Pilot

My father was beacon that led me into the world of aviation and steered me unerringly through my flying life more accurately than any gauge or needle on my instrument panel.  He grew up on the white sand beaches of Western Australia, fought in the Second World War on the Sunderland Flying boats of No 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and continued to fly in peacetime, plying his way around the world on firstly the DC2 and finally the B747. He became a restaurateur, avocado farmer and eventually learned to rest with an occasional game of lawn bowls.  He even agreed to let me record some interviews about his life. 

Sadly, he is no longer with us.

A No 10 Sqn RAAF Sunderland flying-boat of Coastal Command sets out on patrol.

 

Flt Lt Andy Anderson with his Sunderland crew.

 

An Airwork Vickers Viking.

 

A Kuwait Airways Boeing 747.

 

His final years.

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to RuthAS and Adrian Pingstone.

The Ian Palmer Interviews Part 1

The Ian Palmer Interviews Part 1

Ian Palmer’s life has hardly gone as smoothly as he might have wished.  Born into a family of musicians, particularly drummers including Carl Palmer of the band ELP, he started off as a very successful drummer himself.  What he didn’t know was that he suffered from a condition that carries great stigma and frequently leads to ruin and death… alcoholism.

This is the first part of an inspiring and brutally honest interview that follows his life from drumming into aviation.

Title image: Ian Palmer with Steve White of the Paul Weller band, Brian Bennett of The Shadows and Pete Cater.

Ian Palmer… drummer.

 

Images with thanks to Ian Palmer.

 

Willy Wonka and the Fighter Pilot

Willy Wonka and the Fighter Pilot

Born in Wales to immigrant parents he would grow to a height of 6’ 6” and climbing into the cockpit of a World War II fighter was going to be a problem… but he managed it and before long had earned the moniker Lofty.  He would pen books that charmed children for generations and generations for Lofty, who was an army officer, fighter pilot and spy was better known as the renown author who sold over 100 million copies of his books, Roald Dahl.

 

Roald Dahl.

 

The Gloster Gladiator.

 

Roald Dahl’s WWII flying helmet.

 

Roald Dahl in later life signing books in Amsterdam in front of an adoring audience.

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Paramount pictures, the US Library of Congress, the British Government, DeFacto and Rob Bogaerts.