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When you are about to stall

William Lonergan has had 3 engine failures in single engine aircraft. An Auster J1, Tipsy Nipper and a Hunter

William learnt to fly on the Tiger Moth in New Zealand in the late 1950s. He flew the T6 Harvard with the RNZAF before becoming a commercial pilot and flying instructor with the Southland Aero Club. He instructed on the Tiger Moth and Auster J5F Aiglet Trainer. Most of his commercial flying was in Austers and the Cessna 170 out of grass strips in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. He came to the UK in 1960 and joined the RAF training on the Piston Provost and Vampire T11. He then became an ab-initio instructor on the Jet Provost T3 and T4 before moving on to ground attack on the Hunter. Apart from a short sojourn on the Gnat T1 he flew Hunters for the rest of his service career finishing his time in the RAF as an instructor on the RAFs Tactical Weapons Unit. He has flown around 60 types of aircraft and is one of the last aviators left who has been a professional flying instructor on Tiger Moths and fast jets.