- Author: Jerry Grayson
- Publisher: Adlard Coles
- RRP: Paperback: $ 19.99
- e-book: $12.99
Being a rescue pilot is a fast-paced career because there is no choice. Lives are at stake and pilots must move and think fast.
Grayson is an ordinary man who chose an extraordinary career.
At age 17 he became the youngest helicopter pilot to ever serve in the Royal Navy.
By age 25 he was the most decorated peacetime naval pilot in history.
For the navy's search and rescue pilots, getting to work is both an adventure and an ordeal.
In his time, Grayson has rescued a wounded fighter pilot who has ditched in the sea, saved survivors from a sinking ship, and picked up a grievously ill crewman from the deck of a nuclear-armed submarine that was playing a cat-and-mouse game with the Soviet navy.
He also provided aid during the infamous Fastnet yacht race of 1979, in which 25 yachts were lost.
When a catastrophic storm enveloped the competitors, he and his crew pushed their Wessex helicopter to its absolute limits and put their own lives at risk, flying into hurricane-force winds to winch shipwrecked sailors from heaving tempestuous seas.