Towering cumulous clouds can often be harbingers of destruction and for pilots they should be respected and generally avoided by a wide margin.  There is, however, a breed of pilot willing to court the danger present in these meteorological monsters… the violent updrafts and downdrafts, the heavy rain and hail, the turbulence, the freezing temperatures and the lightning!  This is the story of one such pilot.


Derek Piggott


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