Rescue pilot attends Weston book-signing
PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 April 2015
THE most decorated naval helicopter pilot in peacetime Jerry Grayson came to Weston at the weekend to share his tales of rescue.
He was the youngest helicopter pilot ever to serve in the Royal Navy, signing up aged just 17.
Since his career started he has experienced countless sea rescues – some of which are recounted in his new book.
Mr Grayson arrived at the Helicopter Museum’s family fun day on Sunday to sign copies of his book Rescue Pilot: Cheating The Sea.
Rescue Pilot is the inside view of this heroic service, and pays homage to all the men and women he worked with who were able to turn tragedies into triumphs.
The book includes tales such as the touch-and-go rescue of a wounded fighter pilot who has ditched in the sea, and rescuing desperate sailors from a sinking ship – as Jerry did during the infamous Fastnet Yacht Race of 1979 in which 25 yachts were lost.
Families who attended the Whirly Birds event at the Locking Moor Road museum also got to experience a flight simulator and have a go at sitting in a cockpit.