The joys and dangers of an aviation pilot
Leigh 'Laddie' Hindley
Winner of the 2012 RAAF heritage award.
From humble beginnings in Goulburn, New South Wales, Leigh ‘Laddie’ Hindley went on to an extraordinary career as a RAAF pilot in the Pacific during the Second World War and South Vietnam, before working commercially across Papua New Guinea and Australia post war as a commercial aviator.
For someone that never had ambitions to be a pilot, Laddie has lived a fascinating life in the world of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, honing his skills in the unique and challenging terrain of Papua New Guinea and the surrounding areas. He has flown in some of the most demanding conditions a pilot can experience, from Kittyhawks with No 80 Squadron during the assault on Japanese forces at Tadji in 1944, to operating commercial helicopters in perilous terrain at the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea from the late 1960s through to 1980.
The Joys and Dangers of an Aviation Pilot is a personal story of a respected veteran and aviator and the experiences and joys that have shaped his life, told with humour and, of course, a degree of danger.
Soft cover, photographs, 144 pages.