Book review: A View from the Hover – My Life in Aviation, by John Farley
PUBLISHED: 11:22 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 01 February 2017
£29.95. Second edition Flyer Books/Seager Publishing, hardback, 436 pages, colour and B & W illustration throughout
Best known for his test flying career on the Harrier, John Farley honed his skills as a writer with a regular column published in Flyer magazine, and it is this material that formed the basis of A View from the Hover.
Published by Ian Seager in 2008, the book soon came to be regarded as a classic, hence this second edition, which has been in print since 2010.
I was prompted to revisit the book after a recent meeting with John, whose sharpness of mind and fullness of recollection is reflected in his writing. It is both a personal story and an easy to follow – but highly detailed – technical treatise on aircraft and test flying techniques alike. It is very well illustrated.
Review by Philip Whiteman